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$ 18,500

A Japanese Lacquered and Gilt Wood Statue from Edo Period

Period Pre 18th Century
Materials lacquered and gilt wood with glass and metal
W. 12 in; H. 25 in; D. 9 in;
W. 30.48 cm; H. 63.5 cm; D. 22.86 cm;
Condition Good. Antique condition with surface wear, patina, minor losses, discoloration etc. The wood base was constructed in blocks with cracks and losses.
Creation Date 17-18th century
Description An exceptional wood statue of Seitaka Doji from Japan circa Edo period (1603-1868), likely on the earlier part of 17th century. One of two chief attendants of Fudou Myouou, the other being Kongara doji, the name of Seitaka Doji is a transliteration of Sanskrit "Cetaka", meaning servant, slave, and he is said to personify expedient action. He is most commonly found on the right side of Fudou, together with Kongara Doji on the left, forming the Immovable triad, Fudou Sanzon, the terror of evil doers. Seitaka largely adheres to the iconography of a wrathful youth with fleshy body and face, skin in the color of a red lotus, has his hair tied in five knots, and holds a vajra in his left hand and a vajra-club in his right hand, but the actual artistic representations of him in Japan do not always strictly follow these prescriptions.
The statue on offer here displays a red skinned boy with glaring glass eyes, striking a formidable pose on a rock outcrop. The artistic depiction of his youthful fleshy body and face is superb, noting the realistic rendition of his belly and cheek. He is bejeweled with articulated necklaces and bracelets, a treatment of Japanese Buddhism figure since Nara Period. He wear five knots of hairdo on his head and a bellowing robe (kesa) with splendid designs in Maki-e lacquer. The tributes in his hands are now missing. The stand he is on features rocks made from blocks of wood, detail carvings and metal ornaments.
This is a wonderful wood statue that remains largely intact. Provenance available.
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 295163
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