The bodhisattva stands with legs bent at the knees and the upper body leaning slightly forward. The overlapping hands are held in front with palms facing upward. This posture suggests that he is an attendant of the buddha Amitabha (Japanese: Amida) who is descending to the earth to welcome the soul of recently deceased person to his paradise, as the Pure Land school of Buddhism teaches. This bodhisattva, as an attendant of Amida, would bend down to receive the person's soul on a lotus bowl held in both hands. The bowl is now missing.
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