Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Early Edo Buddhist Image of Monju Bosatsu dated 1693
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A gilded wood carving of the Buddhist Deity of wisdom, Monju Bosatsu, sits confidently astride a Shishi lion, the figure enclosed in a black lacquered Zushi dated in red lacquer on back Genroku 5 (1693). Following the date on back is what appears to be a place name in Kyoto (Hirosaki?). The zushi is 12 x 15 x 22 cm (5 x 6 x 8-1/2 inches) and is in original condition. One door has been broken and repaired in the past, there is a (stable) crack across the top and some loss to the lacquer around the bottom edges typical of age. The figure inside has been well protected throughout the centuries. The position and stance of the hands indicate the figure likely once held a sword in the right hand, a scroll in the other, the sword to cut through illusion and the scroll to impart wisdom. Monju Bosatsu was one of the original disciples of the traditional Buddha, and symbolizes wisdom and the enlightened mind. He is often paired with Fugen Bosastu who, in contrast, represents meditation and practice. In Japanese artwork, Monju and Fugen are often shown flanking theBuddha in a grouping called the Shaka Sanzon (Trinity), with Monju situated on the left of the central Shakyamuni statue and Fugen placed on the right.
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