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Standing Yakusa

Asian Art

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
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.165_SL1.jpg)
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    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.
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