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
Place where the work was made
17th century-early 18th century
bronze, gold leaf, traces of pigment
24.0 x 17.0 x 12.7 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund 2005
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012
The connoisseur and the philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection of Chinese Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014–27 Apr 2014
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019
Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–12 Jan 2020
Private Collection, 1970s-1980s, private European collection.
Rossi & Rossi, 2005, London/England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005.
Referenced in 1 publication
Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2006, Sydney, 2006, 30 (colour illus.).