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Yakushi Nyorai

A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood with traces of polychromy.


10th/11th century



About this artwork

The spiritual ideal of the late Heian period (794–1185) is revealed in serene religious images such as this statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of healing. Traditionally invoked to cure both physical and spiritual afflictions, Yakushi lifts his right hand in a gesture of reassurance and protection while he cups a medicine bottle in his left hand. The gentle modeling and precisely folded drapery of this work express the elegance of Buddhist sculpture commissioned by the Heian aristocracy.


On View, Gallery 102


Arts of Asia


Yakushi Nyorai


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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901 CE–1100


Wood with traces of polychromy


88.9 × 50.8 × 50.8 cm (35 × 20 × 20 in.)

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Samuel M. Nickerson fund

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