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Amida Buddha

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Amida Buddha, 19-20 c.
Wood
19 in. x 12 1/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (48.26 cm x 30.8 cm x 23.5 cm)


Object Type: Sculpture
Technique: Carving
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Louise Padelford
Accession Number: 80.2.47


Commentary
There is a painted starburst of lines on the bottom of the statue.

Dimensions
Buddha: 11 1/4 x 9 x 6 1/2
Base: 8 1/4 x 12 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Carved wood, with gilt and a dark bronze toned finish.

Object Description
The seated Amida Buddha of the Western Paradise is the central figure of Pure Land Buddhism, one of the most popular sects of Buddhism in Japan. At the time of their death, sincere believers of the Amida Buddha are escorted to the palace of the Western Paradise by Amida and his entourage. The Buddha sits on a large lotus throne supported by a base with floral detail and pillars. His arms are held in front in the vitarka mudra, and he is also depicted with eyes closed in serene meditation.

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