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Title

Manla, the medicine Buddha


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The Buddha sits on a double lotus pedestal. In his left hand he holds a medicine bowl brimming with the elixir of long life. Extended in the gesture of charity (varada mudra), his right hand contains a myrobalan fruit, a medicinal plant found in India and other tropical countries. The offering of the myrobalan symbolises his gift of protection from illness. Manla is said to dispense spiritual medicine when properly worshipped and devotees believe that merely touching his image has curative powers.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011


Details


Place where the work was made

Mongolia


Date

17th century-early 18th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

gilt bronze with traces of paint


Dimensions

24.0 x 17.0 x 12.7 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

321.2005



Place

Where the work was made
Mongolia

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 2006, Sydney, 2006, 30 (colour illus.).