Large very rare wooden monk
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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.