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.

Date:

10th/11th century

Artist:

Japan

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

Asian Art, Gallery 104

Title

Yakushi Nyorai

Origin

Japan

Date

901 AD–1100

Medium

Wood with traces of polychromy

Dimensions

H. 50.8 cm

Credit Line

Samuel M. Nickerson fund

Reference Number

1921.388

Extended information about this artwork

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