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Object Number:
29-96-327
Current Location:
Japan Gallery
Culture:
Japanese
Buddhist
Provenience:
Japan
Buddhist Temple
Period:
Edo Period (uncertain)
Meiji Period (uncertain)
Date Made:
19th Century
Early Date:
1800
Late Date:
1899
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Wood
Gilt
Pigment
Technique:
Carved
Painted
Gilded
Iconography:
Elephant
Description:
Carved polychrome wood standing elephant with gold lacquer Fugen seated on top. Elephant is painted white with multi-colored ornaments and saddle. Fugen (Sanskrit: Samantabhadra) embodies goodness. He is described in the Lotus Sutra, a fundamental Mayahana Buddhist text, as a bodhisattva who vows to protect those who devoutly follow the doctrine of the Lotus Sutra. Fugen is frequently paired with Monju. The base for the elephant is 29-96-328D. The Elephant supports a lotus base (29-96-328A and B) for Monju image see 29-96-326.
Height:
60.5cm
Width:
107.5cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Japanese Buddhist Art (1899)
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Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 9,10
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[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1904. Monograph of the Buddhist Temple in the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of Pennsylvania. 1-47. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 12, Plate opposite p. 17
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