Manla, the Medicine Buddha
- Upper 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
- 17th century-early 18th century
- 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
- Accession number
- Private Collection, 1970s-1980s, private European collection.
Rossi & Rossi, 2005, London/England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005.