From: Japan | Buddhist Temple

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-96-326
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 | Metal | Gilt | Turquoise (uncertain) | Coral (uncertain)
Technique Carved | Gilded
Iconography Fugen

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 57 cm
Width 38 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

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