Large very rare wooden monk

Price on request

Very rare and large wooden figure with vague traces of paint carved from one piece of wood of a monk sitting on his legs and holding in his hands respectively a vajra and a rosary as usual in Shingon and Tendai schools of Japanese Buddhism.

In the belly of the monk is a cavity containing 25 scrolls of scriptures all in the Tibetan language together with some resin and other substances (left from a cremation?).

The figure shows individual features and the whole figure is clearly a-typical for Japanese monk figures.

Could this figure been carved to commemorate a Japanese monk interested in Tibetan Buddhism?

Early 20th century.

Size; H. : 64 cm; W. : 56 cm; D. : 30 cm.

Price on request.

Ref. No. : 72319

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