Small metal (not sure what type) statue of the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) figure at Kamakura, Japan. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is 13.35 meters tall and the second largest Buddhist statue in Japan (the largest is at Todaiji temple in the city of Nara). The Kamakura Daibutsu is made of bronze and was cast in the year 1252 and originally housed in its own building at Kotokuin temple. However the statue has sat in the open air ever since the original temple building was washed away by a great tsunami tidal wave in the late 15th century. The Kamakura Daibutsu is actually a representation of the popular Amida Buddha. The Amida Buddha originated with an Indian bodhisattva (one on the road to enlightenment) named Dharmakara (Japanese: Hozo) who promised to prepare a special place in the afterworld where departed spirits could go and be free of worldly strife. This special land is commonly referred to as the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss where the Amida Buddha presides and welcomes any who recite his name with true sincerity (the actual chant is “Namu Amida Butsu“). The great statue’s hands are arranged in the mida-no jouin mudra arrangement which is found almost exclusively in Japan and in association with the Amida Buddha.
About the Listed Item
This very small (please see size information below) statue is made of metal and includes Japanese writing on the bottom which identifies it as a replica of the Kamakura no Daibutsu or “Great Buddha of Kamakura“. The statue is in good condition with no chips, cracks or large scratches though the figure does have a layer of dust filling most crevasses. This status is less than 30 years old.
Height: 2.7 inches (7.0 centimeters)
Weight: 3.9 ounces (110 grams)
item code: R1S4-0003702
ship code: L1650