Figure of Seated Buddha
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This Buddha icon was made in Japan during the Heian period, when wood became the norm as the main material for sculptures, replacing the more expensive bronze. The figure is constructed from several blocks of wood, pinned together, that were originally covered with layers of clay, lacquer, and pigments. The Buddha’s upraised hand is making the “do not fear” gesture. In Japan, this gesture is usually associated with a Buddha known as Fukūjōju Nyorai (Sanskrit: Amoghasiddhi), who typically appears as one of five major Buddhas and was rarely worshipped alone.
34 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (87.6 x 74.9 x 54.6 cm) (show scale)
The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
Figure of Seated Buddha, 794-1185. Wood, crystal, 34 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (87.6 x 74.9 x 54.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.207. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.28.207_SL3.jpg)
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