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Manla, the Medicine Buddha

17th century-early 18th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    17th century-early 18th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Private Collection, 1970s-1980s, private European collection.

    Rossi & Rossi, 2005, London/England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005.