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藥師佛 Yaoshi fo (Medicine Buddha)
  • China
  • 藥師佛 Yaoshi fo (Medicine Buddha), early 1400s, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
  • Where object was made: China
  • bronze, gilding, pigment
  • Object Height: 104.1 cm
    Object Height: 41 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, W1
  • 1928.1791
Label Text

Life-size, bronze seated Buddha. The golden fruit of a medicinal plant rests between the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand. The left hand is in a meditative pose. On the sole of the right foot appears an eight-spoke wheel (identified as the Buddhist doctrine). In the center of the forehead is a circular protrusion (identified as a third eye). The hair is arranged in small, snail-shell curls. The ears are pierced and the lobes are stretched. The figure is wearing a robe which has a "U" shaped opening that reveals a bare chest .