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Buddha, probably Akshobhya (Achu fo)

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Yongle period (1403–24)
Date:
dated 1411
Culture:
China
Medium:
Wood (linden) with lacquer and gilding
Dimensions:
H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1942
Accession Number:
42.151.4a, b
Not on view
The Buddha is shown in the attitude of preaching with one finger of the right hand extended to call the earth to witness and the left hand in the abhaya mudra. A removable panel in the back reveals a cavity that contained a group of silks symbolizing the five vital organs together with seeds, sym-bolic objects, and prayers, one of which carried a date corresponding to May 9, 1411.
Inscription: Inscribed and dated on portion of larger roll placed within figure: Da Ming Yongle jiu nian si yue shi qi ri: Great Ming, Yongle, ninth year, fourth month, seventeenth day (May 9, 1411).
Private Collection , New York (until 1942; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Millennium of Chinese Painting: Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," September 8, 2001–January 13, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.

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