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Object: Amida Butsu or Western Amida Buddha.
Description: This Buddhist image is manufactured in Japan for worship in private homes in a family shrine. The figure is standing on a lotus blossom pedestal symbolizing divine birth an purity of the Buddha.The head is surrounded by a sun ray halo and the figure is assuming the Abhaya and Varada mudra. The first symbolizes protection, benevolence and peace whereas the second symbolizes offering and compassion.
Comments: Base metal Buddha plated in gold
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 17 cm high
 
 

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Object: Dai Nichi Nyorai - One of the Buddhist trinity.
Description: This Buddhist image is manufactured in Japan for worship in private homes in a family shrine. The Great Solar Buddha of light and truth also personifying wisdom and purity. The figure is seated on a lotus pedestal with hands in the Chiken-in mudra symbolizing Knowledge in the spiritual world.
Comments: Base metal Buddha plated in gold
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 15 cm high
 
 

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Object: Model of Kamakura Daibutsu
Description:  This image is sold in shops as a memento or souvenir of pilgrims visit to the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura.
Comments: Base metal figure with golden plating.
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 4.5 cm high
 
 

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Object: Model of Kamakura Daibutsu
Description:  This image appears to be a model of the Great Buddha at Kamakura in Japan and has been widely modeled and sold as the 'typical' Buddhist statue in the west.
Comments: Resin
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1970's
Size: 7.8 cm high
 
 

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Object: Fudo-myo-o or Blue Fudo
Description: This Buddhist image is manufactured in Japan for worship in private homes in a family shrine. Fudo is a Buddhist divinity with the power to foil devils. He has a large, flaming aureole or halo. His sword combats greed, anger and ignorance. The rope can catch and bind evil forces. This figure may be another form of Dai Nichi Nyorai.
Comments: Base metal figure plated in gold and painted.
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 15.3 cm high
 

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Object: Jizo Bosatsu
Description: This Buddhist image is manufactured in Japan for worship in private homes in a family shrine.  Jizo or Ksitigarbha (meaning 'He who encompasses the earth') is more popular in Japan than in other Buddhist countries. He is the deity of peasants and gives special protection to children. However he has many other representations in Japan and is thus ascribed with many other powers. Further,  he also has associations with Shinto Kami in Japan.
Comments: Base metal figure plated in gold.
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 21 cm high 
 

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Object: Senju Kannon or 1000 armed Kannon
Description: Senju Kannon or Avalokitesvara theoretically has 1000 arms representing his multitude of powers. In reality, the statue has more commonly 42 arms. He also has between 11 and 27 heads! In addition, there are traditionally 33 forms of Kannon! This Bodhisattva can be represented as both male and female and represents compassion for the suffering world.
This Buddhist image is manufactured in Japan for worship in private homes in a family shrine
Comments: Hand carved figure in box wood.
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 20 cm high
 

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Object: Asakusa Kannon
Description: This image is supposed to represent the main object of worship at the KinRyuZan temple at Asakusa in Tokyo. As the image has been hidden away for many hundreds of years, this is difficult to varify. The figure holds a Buddhist sutra in the left handThis Buddhist image is manufactured in Japan for worship in private homes in a family shrine
Comments: Base metal figure plated in gold.
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 9.2 cm high
 

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Object: Stone Jizo statues
Description: Jizo (see Jizo Bosatsu above) is often seen in in cemeteries carved in stone with pieces of cloth or children's bibs tied around them. The figures here are actually resin copies bought by pilgrims at temples as votive offerings.
Comments: Resin figures.
Maker: Unknown
Age: 1990's
Size: 6 cm high
 

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