The Smile of the Enlightened One is one of the central motives of buddhist art. This buddha head is reflective of the
japanese style of the Kamakura period (12th Century).
Height: 17 "
Width: 9 "
Depth: 8,7 "
Weight: 80 lbs
Price: 390 EUR or 500 US$
Made of Mineros TM sandstone
suited for outdoors
Small iconography – "The Amida Nyorai Head"
The Enlightened One's head has been a major theme in East Asian Art. The iconographic trademarks of a Buddha are the Urna, the third eye on his forehead, and the Ushnisha, the knot of hair tied on top of the head, symbol of a fully developed top chakra, and the elongated ears, meant to suggest virility. The locks of hair are actually stylized snails, for, according to buddhist mythology, snails climbed onto the Buddha's head, protecting Him from the heat as He approached enlightenment.
The Amida's "pure land" philosophy is revered in many east asian countries, particularly in Japan. This work is done in the Kamakura style of the 13th century, exuding an atmosphere of serenity and majestic detachment, reminiscent of the famous Daibutsu of Kamakura, completed in 1252 by artists under the auspices of the great master Kaikei.