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Small bronze statue of the "Buddha of the Future"

This bronze alms bowl has engraved motifs of both flowers and butterflies all around. Its form seems to resemble that of an upside-down mushroom cap. The lip of the bowl seems to be curved inwards.

Miroku- Future Buddha, 12th century .jpg
Japan, Nara Period (710-794)
Bronze with traces of gilt, Dimensions: 24 x 13.6 cm
Purchased from the J. H. Wade Fund
This statue was created in the Nara period of Japan, between 710 and 794. It is bronze, gilded. The interpretation of this statuteā€¦
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