I have a beautiful japanese wood carving of a Buddhist Amida Triad. There is a inscription on the back. I have tried to translate it myself, but I can't do it. I am thankful for all help and information!
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thank you so much for the time and work you put into this! Now I have a very good starting point for further investigations.
I mainly collect chinese antiques, but sometimes, when something is beautiful, I also buy japanese antique items. Like this one.
開眼法|下 = "open the eyes for an image (Buddha)", consecration ceremony
大僧都 = A high ranking priest belong to Hougen Kajou-i
日運大聖人 = an emperor reporter sage?
佛師 = buddha image maker
宗女 = female royal family (in Chinese)
刻之 = inscribed
寊(寬)文八 = Kambun Era 8th year
戊申歳十月八日 = [Lunar] Boshin year : 10th-month : 8th = [Solar] AD1668 : November : 11th(Sunday)
入佛檀 = install onto the ancestor (ash) shrine? (檀 = 壇 from a Chinese reference）
願主 = person who wished
宗感芳正= (a person/monk alias)?...宗 = ancestor, sect ...., 感 = sense, feel , 芳 = good, fragrance , 正 = right, correct
(I try to help though I'm not Japanese, infos are mostly from the internet reference
so I am not qualified to put the meanings together in to translation)