University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-96-327
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Japan
Buddhist Temple
Period: Edo Period (uncertain)
Meiji Period (uncertain)
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Height: 60.5cm
Width: 107.5cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


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

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