Asian Art :
Asian Art/ Hk : Gilt-Bronze Figure of Bhaishajyaguru
Gilt-Bronze Figure of Bhaishajyaguru - CB.2905
7.1" (18.0cm) high
Collection: Asian Art
Style: Buddhist Art
Additional Information: hong Kong
This is a gilt-bronze sculpture of the
Medicine Buddha (Bhaishajyaguru).
Seated in lotus posture on a lotus
pedestal, he holds a medicine bowl on his
lap with both hands, forming a
meditation gesture (dhyana mudra). His
robe is draped on his left shoulder,
showing his bare right chest.
The Medicine Buddha represents the
Buddha’s ability to embody healing for all
beings. The medicine bowl is believed to
hold an elixir that can heal any form of
sickness. It is believed that worshipping
the Medicine Buddha would bring good
health and cure any sickness.
Although the gold gilding is hardly
preserved, the bronze underneath is of
excellent quality as reflected by its
shimmering crystalisations. While it is
very uncommon to examine the bronze
part of a gilt-bronze sculpture closely, it
is an opportunity to study the original
form of the sculpture in depth.