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Amida Buddha and Attendants

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Amida Buddha and Attendants, 19th -20th c.
Wood
9 7/16 in. x 4 1/16 in. x 2 5/8 in. (23.97 cm x 10.32 cm x 6.67 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Carving
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Louise Padelford
Accession Number: 80.2.40


Commentary
Amida, the Buddha of the Western Paradise, vowed that all who sincerely believed in him and called out his name in prayer would enter into the Pure Land on their deaths. This blissful realm is where worshippers can more intensely seek spiritual enlightenment. Amida's attendants are bodhisattvas who have already attained enlightenment but have chosen to stay in this world to help sentient beings find salvation. Kannon, the embodiment of Amida's mercy, holds a lotus pedestal to receive the spirit of the deceased and Seishi, representing Amida's wisdom, has his hands together in prayer. They are standing on clouds, indicating that they are descending from the Pure Land to welcome a true believer.
- Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Marks
There is a label on the bottom which reads "159," a red sticker, and a partially removed label with "$3..." on it. There is a label on the back which reads "320," and both "#642" and "31" are written in pencil on the back.

Medium
Carved wood with gilding and black paint.

Object Description
Statuette of Buddha, with two disciples, on a lotus base. The figures are backed by an almond-shaped plate, which is gilded, and has an intricate design carved into it. One disciple holds a patra, and the other has his hands in the namaskara mudra. The Buddha has hands positioned in vitarka mudra. The figures wear black painted robes with painted gold designs. There are spirals carved in the wooden base beneath the figures, as if clouds were beneath their feet.

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