Object Place: Tibet
Approximately 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilt copper, pigment
Not On View
Shakyamuni sits cross-legged on a double lotus pedestal, his hands in the dharmachakra mudra (gesture of teaching).
The sculpture contains several prayer scrolls in the hollow interior.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection