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Culture:Japanese, Edo period (?), 1603 - 1868
Title:Medicine Buddha
Date Made:17th-18th century Edo period
Materials:carved kiri-type wood with remains of black or dark brown lacquer
Place Made:Japan
Measurements:12 1/8 in x 10 1/8 in x 8 1/8 in; 30.7975 cm x 25.7175 cm x 20.6375 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 2008.65.1
Credit Line:Gift of Joan Lebold Cohen, class of 1954, and Jerome A. Cohen
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This seated Buddha is in padmasana, his right hand raised in abhaya mudra, a gesture of reassurance, his left hand holding a medicine box, dressed in robes open at the chest and falling in highly stylized folds to form the base, his hair dressed in right curls covering the mound usnisa, traces of an original black or dark brown lacquer surface coating remaining in the recesses of the details.

Label Text:
The style of the figure of Buddha, in particular his physiognomy, the treatment of his hair and the garment folds, is derived directly from earlier Nara and Heian period images from the 9th century of the same subject, which grew out of the Indian Gupta sculptural tradition of Mathura and Sarnath.

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