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Seated Amitabha Buddha (Amida Nyorai)
阿弥陀如来坐像 平安時代
Place of Origin: Japan
Date: approx. 1150-1185
Historical Period: Heian period (794-1185)
Materials: Wood with lacquer and gilding
Dimensions: H. 35 in x W. 29 in x D. 31 in, H. 88.9 cm x W. 73.6 cm x D. 78.7 cm (figure); H. 26 1/2 in x W. 43 in x D. 44 in, H. 67.3 cm x W. 109.2 cm x D. 111.8 cm (base)
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S10+
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 26

Description

Label: 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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Exhibition History: "Object as Insight: Japanese Buddhist Art and Ritual", Katonah Museum of Art (1/14/1996-3/17/1996), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (4/19/1996-6/30/1996)

"For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000
Label: 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.
Exhibition History: "Object as Insight: Japanese Buddhist Art and Ritual", Katonah Museum of Art (1/14/1996-3/17/1996), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (4/19/1996-6/30/1996)

"For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000