An image of Manla, the medicine Buddha

Unknown Artist

Manla, the medicine Buddha

Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

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 of origin
Mongolia
Year
17th century-early 18th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
gilt bronze with traces of paint
Dimensions
24.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund 2005
Accession number
321.2005