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Also read Udennou. Lit. King Udayana. An Indian king, reportedly the first person to commission a statue of the Buddha. The king of Kustana, he was supposedly converted to Buddhism by his wife. According to the ZOUICHI AGONKYOU ‘ˆêˆ¢ŠÜŒo ("Collection of Numerical Doctrines"), when the king was ill he commissioned the creation of a likeness of the Buddha, and by doing so recovered. The image was reported to be about 151 cm high and made of camphorwood from Mt. Gozu in southern India (Jp:gozu sendan ‹“ªñ’h). The right hand held the abhaya mudra (*semui-in Ž{–³ˆØˆó) and the left hand held the varada mudra (*yogan-in —^Šèˆó). The statue gained wide repute in India, and was supposedly taken to China. The statue of *Shaka Žß‰Þ at Seiryouji ´—ÁŽ›, Kyoto, is said to be based on King Udayana's prototype (see *Seiryoujishiki Shaka ´—ÁŽ›Ž®Žß‰Þ).
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