From: Japan | Buddhist Temple

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-96-327
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Japanese | Buddhist
Provenience Japan | Buddhist Temple
Period Edo Period (uncertain) | Meiji Period (uncertain)
Date Made 19th Century
Section Asian
Materials Wood | Gilt | Pigment
Technique Carved | Painted | Gilded
Iconography Elephant

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 60.5 cm
Width 107.5 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

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