Figure of meditating Bodhisattva by Unknown Artist

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

Details

Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
32 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £11,000)
Acquired in:
1963
Vendor:
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.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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