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Japanese Lacquered Wood Medicine Buddha, Yakushi Nyorai, Edo Period



A fine and beautiful Japanese carved and lacquered Medicine Buddha, Yakushi Nyorai, Edo Period, early 18th century. The Medicine Buddha, Bhaisajyaguru, known as Yakushi Nyorai in Japan, is portrayed seated upon a large lotus pedestal. The Buddha of Healing is dressed in voluminous robes that drape beautifully around his body. The neckline deeply scooped revealing his broad chest. His right hand raised in abhaya mudra, the gesture of reassurance and dispelling fear. In his other hand, he holds a medicine pot said to contain a salve that can cure any sickness, physical or spiritual. Yakushi Nyorai Buddha looks determinedly outwards from downcast, inset painted rock crystal eyes, a beatific smile on his lips. A faint painted mustache and beard are visible upon close inspection. His earlobes, long and pendulous, are fully pierced. The Medicine Buddha's hair portrayed in the typical fashion of neat rows of tight curls with remnants of lapis pigment. Blue is the color most associated with Yakushi Nyorai, though it is also customary to pigment the hair of peaceful Buddhist deities blue (as opposed to red pigmented hair for wrathful deities). Yakushi Nyorai sits enthroned upon a high, separately carved lotus pedestal. The pedestal carved with three rows of overlapping articulated petals. Each petal separately carved, lacquered and gilded. The back of the pedestal with an inset meant for a mandorla, now missing. The cult of Yakushi Nyorai is an ancient one, dating to at least the 7th century. The Medicine Buddha is much revered as a healer of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional illnesses. Height of figure only 11".


  • Dimensions
    Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Diameter: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 18th Century
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: A modern wooden base to the underside of the lotus pedestal. Repaired: Very old repairs to some of the joins using wooden dowels. Please see photos for details. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. The gilding heavily worn. Minor loss to the raised hand. A few age related cracks to the body where the blocks are joined. With old repairs and restorations. A modern wooden base to the underside of the lotus pedestal.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894718102372

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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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