the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu in Japanese).
Seated in the lotus position with his hands in dhyani (dhyana) mudra,
the gesture of meditation and contemplation.
His face well modelled with a serene expression.
His robe hangs loosely over his frame with multiple folds around the
knees and lower legs.
Seated on a large, tapered double lotus pedestal.
Worn areas of gilt
15" ( 38.0 cm ) high
10 1/4" ( 26.0 cm ) diameter at base
5.5 kgs ( 11.5 lbs )
The Great Buddha of Kamakura, an icon of Japan, is a monumental outdoor
bronze statue of Amida situated in the grounds of Kotokuin, a Buddhist
temple of the Pure Land sect in the city of Kamakura.
At 13.35 meters high and weighing 93 tons, the Daibutsu is the second
largest monumental Buddha in Japan (after Vairocana, Great Buddha of
Nara, at Todaiji in Nara).
It was cast in 1252 in the Kamakura period and was originally housed
inside a temple, as in Nara.
But a huge tsunami washed away the wooden structure sometime in the
late 15th century, and the statue has sat out in nature ever since.