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Asia Unknown,
Amida, Standing Buddha, 17th-19th c.
Ink and colors on paper
25 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. (64.77 x 25.08 cm)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Painting
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Denison Library, Scripps College
Accession Number: 2000.11.1

This work was probably created in the mid-19th century.

"Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light, is one of the most popularly worshipped deities in the Far East. According to sacred scripture, Amida created a paradise, known as the Pure Land (Jodo), where the souls of sentient beings could strive toward enlightenment without the pain and suffering associated with life on earth. In Japan, the worship of Amida became widespread during the Fujiwara period (894-1185), and high ranking aristocrats constructed temple buildings and commissioned paintings that represented Amida's glorious paradise."

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