This Japanese vintage lacquered wooden Amida kimono or statue is a Japanese Buddhist symbol of many things. The piece itself is probably about 50 or more years old. It is a hand carved, hand painted, and hand lacquered statue. Please see the excerpts below from OnMark about Amida. She has many forms and names, these are just a few. This particular one represents the Five Tathagata of Wisdom. The blue hat on gold and black is an interesting effect. This would go together well with the youraku. It does have some age related surface wear, but no cracks or chips.
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Height 9.75 inches or 25cm , Width 3.042 inches or 7.8cm by 4.29 inches or 11cm
From onmark productions, excerpts:
Amida is one of the loftiest savior figures in Japanese Buddhism, and Amida faith is concerned primarily with the life to come, the life in the beyond. . Amida is the central deity of Japan’s popular Pure Land sects and the ruler of the Western Paradise of Ultimate Bliss. Amida appears with great frequency in Japanese religious painting and statuary, and is often accompanied by two main attendants in artwork called the Amida Sanzon. This particular one represents Amida as one of the Five Tathagata of Wisdom, and thus appears frequently in the mandala of Japan’s esoteric sects, where he reigns over the western quarter and is sometimes shown atop a peacock or goose. Famous examples of Amida art include Amida & Bosatsu on Clouds at Byōdō-in Temple near Kyoto and the Big Buddha statue in Kamakura.
Amida’s Various Forms & Names
Amida has many forms, one addressed by the seller of importance is Amida as one of the Five Tathagata of Wisdom. These get deep into detail, again for those who are interested in further reading it can be found discussed in the Onmark website. There are simpler forms mentioned, one which the public may be more familiar with as the Amida with Jeweled Crown.
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