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Japanese Giltwood Medicine Buddha, Yakushi Nyorai, Edo Period, Late 18th Century



A magnificent Japanese carved and giltwood figure of the Medicine Buddha, Yakushi Nyorai, seated upon a double lotus pedestal supported by a multi-tiered stand, mid-Edo Period, late 18th century. Yakushi Nyorai, as the Medicine Buddha is known in Japan, is portrayed as a richly gilt figure seated upon a large double lotus pedestal supported by an elaborate and equally richly gilt multi-tiered stand. The stand featuring miniature carved and painted figures of the Four Heavenly Kings, Buddhist protectors and guardians of the cardinal directions. The Medicine Buddha wears a heavy robe that drapes beautifully around his broad shoulders, leaving his vigorous chest bare. He holds one hand up in abhaya mudra, the gesture or reassurance and fearlessness. His other hand rests on his knee, palm up and bent outwards. In lieu of the traditional medicine pot, Yakushi Nyorai curls his index finger to touch his thumb. Yakushi Nyorai's face is clam and serene. He stares outwards into the middle ground from heavily lidded eyes of inset rock crystal. Rock crystal spheres dot both his forehead and the front of his urna. His hair is neatly arranged in rows of tight coils and covered in blue pigment, the color associated with the Medicine Buddha.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 21.25 in. (53.98 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1780
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. The Buddha with wear to the gilding and showing signs of re-gilding. The tips of several fingers missing. The stand with scattered losses, including to the head of one phoenix, and the base of one of the guarding figures. Wear to the gilding.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894716137081

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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