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Miroku Bosatsu: The Future Buddha

Miroku Bosatsu: The Future Buddha

弥勒菩薩像

mid 1200s

Wood with traces of lacquer, polychromy, and cut gold lear (kirikane)

Overall: 64.8 cm (25 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1983.18

Description

A Bosatsu (Bodhisattva in Sanskrit) is a being that has attained enlightenment but has compassionately refrained from entering nirvana in order to save others. As an attendant of Buddha, Bosatsu assumes many forms, all of which are worshipped as deities in Japanese Buddhism.

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