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Seated buddha Amitabha (Amida)

Seated buddha Amitabha (Amida)





Artist : Anonymous


Date : approx. between 794 and 1185

Sizes : 74 cm x 89 cm x 79 cm
Material : Wood, Marks of gilding, Marks of pigments
Acquisition : The Avery Brundage Collection
Item 1 on 22
Far East Art
Sculpture (Statue)

Area related
Japon

Description   

Amida, lord of the Western Paradise, is seated in deep concentration with half-closed eyes and hands held in the gesture of meditation. During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, images like this were created in large numbers as a direct result of the popularity of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan. This teaching instructed believers about the horrors of Buddhist hell and celebrated the glories of the Western Paradise, which can be attained through meditation and recitation of Amida's name.
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