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Object Number:
29-96-326
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
Metal
Gilt
Turquoise (uncertain)
Coral (uncertain)
Technique:
Carved
Gilded
Iconography:
Fugen
Description:
Figure of Fugen (Japanese), or Samantabhadra (Sanskrit). Carved gilded wood image wearing monk's robes. Wearing gilded metal openwork crown and necklace with dangles and turquoise and coral beads. Seated in vajrasana, with bottoms of feet facing upward. Right hand lowered and left hand raised to chest level. Attributes missing. Fugen 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.
Height:
57cm
Width:
38cm
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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