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  • Sculpture of Dakini-ten - MI1301

    Sculpture of Dakini-ten - MI1301


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    Rare Japanese carved wood sculpture depicting the deity Dakini-ten an uncommon figure closely linked to the Shinto God Inari, a divine being associated with fertility, agriculture, industry, rice, tea and sake. From the early Edo period.

    Seated atop a sacred white fox (often believed to be a messenger of Inari) with a Buddhist thunderbolt club or 'Vajra' clutched between its jaws the figure is realistically carved with flowing drapery and a serene facial expression, and is adorned with applied chased and gilt copper ornamentation in the form of a halo and an elaborate headpiece with suspended multi coloured glass beads.

    Dakini-ten's robes are further decorated with detailed painted 'karakusa' or arabesque scrollwork designs depicting vines and floral motifs rendered in vibrant mineral pigments and gilding.

    Ink inscription to the underside of figure.

    Materials: Carved and painted Hinoki cypress wood constructed with the 'yosegi zukuri' joined block method, gofun pigment, mineral pigments, gold leaf, applied gilt copper decoration, rock crystal eyes, and coloured glass beads

    Dimensions: H 30cm x W 24cm x D 14cm

    Age: Early Edo period


    Acknowledged fault: both figures are in good condition but have several areas of lifting paint and minor losses commensurate with age and ritual use, vajra has one cracked point and flaked paint on Dakini-ten's chest has been professionally consolidated with conservation methods.



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