Wooden Buddha Triad in Niche Shrine
The chest is made up of three compartments linked by hinges.
The compartments form an octagonal box with an oval-shaped top that measures 13 centimeters high by 17 centimeters wide (5 inches by 6 inches).
The central altar has an image of a principal Buddha on a pedestal decorated with patterns of lotus flowers, while each side compartment enshrines a Bodhisattva.
The principal Buddha on the central altar wears a robe. Its right hand is raised to its shoulder while the left hand on its lap holds a symbolic object.
The left altar enshrines the image of Samantabhadra, an apostle, seated on a pedestal with an elephant inscribed.
Next to her are the images of a child and of a lion. On the right altar, the image of Manjusri, who symbolizes wisdom and intellect, stands on a pedestal of a lion, holding a lotus flower.
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