Figure of meditating Bodhisattva by Unknown Artist

An example of one of the earliest Buddhist images in Japan.


Gilt bronze
32 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £11,000)
Acquired in:
Raymond Johnes

Early Nara period. Depicts either Sakyamuni in his youth, or Maitreya, the Buddha of the future. Image close in style to Korean work. Pose characteristic. Landscape decorating the sides of the figure symbolise the retreat into wild nature achieved through deep meditation.

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