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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Shakyamuni Returning from the Mountain, Antique Japanese Sculpture

Shakyamuni Returning from the Mountain, Antique Japanese Sculpture

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1940: Item # 1414923

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A wood carving of the emaciated Shakyamuni (Gautama Buddha) descending from the mountain after achieving enlightenment. Dressed only in rags, ribs standing out below his gaunt, unshaven face; he is at peace, confident, a distant look in his eyes. An engraved signature on the back of his robes reads Toragen. It is 43 cm (17 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition with a repair to the base barely noticeable from above (see the last two photographs. An inscription on the base is dated an auspicious day in the fourth month of Showa 7 (1932) and appears to be signed Iwabata Kinshi.
Siddhartha Gautama, Gautama Buddha or Shakyamuni (all the same figure, 5th century BC) is the principle prophet in Buddhism. He is believed to be an enlightened teacher who attained full Buddhahood and shared his insights to help sentient beings end rebirth and suffering. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition and first committed to writing about 400 years later.