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    Standing Yakusa

    • Medium: Bronze
    • Place Made: Korea
    • Dates: 8th century
    • Period: Unified Silla Period
    • Dimensions: 7 1/16 x 2 in. (18 x 5.1 cm) with wood stand: 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 74.165
    • Credit Line: Frank L. Babbott Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Standing Yakusa, 8th century. Bronze, 7 1/16 x 2 in. (18 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 74.165. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 74.165_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: From "Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum" catalogue: This gilt-bronze statuette of a Buddha with a "plain head" (sobal) is topped with a large cranial bump (yukgye in Korean or ushnisha in Sanskrit). The shoulders, which are quite round and narrow, are draped with an outer robe. The inner robe, which is worn underneath and falls in oblique lines, is tied with a knot. The attire of the Buddha is in the Udayana style, characterized by the folds of the outer robe creating a U-form over the knees, a Y-shape between the legs, and a shirt-like lower robe falling to the ankles. Other distinctive features include a medicine bowl held in the left hand and a pedestal, which is believed to have been made and added at a later period.
    • Record Completeness: Good (73%)
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    Recent Comments
    00:07 09/8/2010
    Unless there's an inscription or documentation that this is in fact Bhaisajyaguru, the Medicine Buddha, then owing to its close resemblance to both the historical Sakyamuni Buddha & to Amitabha, I think it should more conservatively said to be "a Buddha (either Bhaisajyaguru, Sakyamuni, or Amitabha)". I cannot tell from even the blow-up of the photo what it is in this Buddha's left hand. That object needs to be identified, even if unidentifiable. If there is sufficient evidence that this is indeed Bhaisajyaguru, then I hope that "Yakusa" is the current correct spelling. I have seen "Yaksa", but don't know which is now a more correct Korean romanization.
    By Doug White



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