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Bodhisattva sat in padmasana
(lotus position) dressed in royal attire
and wearing jewellery, before a cloud filled aureole.
His hair in a high chignon adorned with several miniature heads,
effigies of the five Jinas (five Great Buddhas).
Shown with right hand in varada mudra
(gift giving or wish granting
gesture) and the right holding a lotus to his shoulder.
All set on a spreading lotus throne above a two-tiered terraced stand
adorned with further lotus, a dragon, geometric borders and cartouche.
Two-character signature to back.
Aureole bent over at tip
Previous owners' labels to
7 1/4" ( 18.5 cm )
In the ancient Pali Canon, Shakyamuni (the Historical Buddha) says that
over time the Buddhist Law and the practice of Buddhism will gradually
diminish and die.
Some sects estimate this to occur over a total period of four and a
half thousand years from the inception of his teachings.
At this point another Buddha, Maitreya, at present waiting in the
Tushita Heaven, will appear to save those unable to achieve
Known in Japan as Miroku Bosatsu, he has been a prominent deity there
since the 7th century and by the 9th century became extremely popular
among believers of the Shingon Sect, a form of Esoteric Buddhism.
This belief remains today among the sect followers.
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