University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-96-326
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
Turquoise (uncertain)
Coral (uncertain)
Height: 57cm
Width: 38cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904


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.

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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