Impressive rare Buddhist statue of Idaten 韋駄天 or 違駄天 - Wood - Protector of Monastaries and Monks - Japan - ca. 1800 (Edo period)

Description
Impressive rare Buddhist statue of Idaten 韋駄天 or 違駄天 - Wood - Protector of Monastaries and Monks - Japan - ca. 1800 (Edo period)
Good condition, see description - 27×8×7 cm

Impressive rare Buddhist statue of Idaten 韋駄天 or 違駄天 - Wood - Protector of Monastaries and Monks - Japan - ca. 1800 (Edo period)

Japan, ca. 1800, Edo period

Idaten (Skt. = Skanda) is one of many guardian deities. Known as a swift runner, for legend asserts that he ran with great speed to catch the thieves who stole the ashes of the deceased Historical Buddha. Wherever there is trouble he is instantly found there. In the Chinese monastery he occupies an important seat in the hall of the four guardian gods. Statues of Idaten are often installed in kitchens of Zen temples or the living quarters of Zen priests.

A very rare Japanese Buddhist wooden statue. Shows signs of aging, see photos (e.g. the halo is a bit loose).

Dimensions approx.:
26,5 cm high, 8,5 cm wide, 7 cm depth.

Will be carefully packaged/sent by registered mail.

Lot details
Object
Impressive rare Buddhist statue of Idaten 韋駄天 or 違駄天
Material
Wood
Period
ca. 1800 (Edo period)
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Attribution
Original
Title of artwork
Protector of Monastaries and Monks
Condition
Good condition, see description
Dimensions
27×8×7 cm
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