golden Buddha figure with halo stands on a cloud at center; PL hand extended downward, index finger and thumb clasped in blessing gesture; PR hand bent upward with similar gesture; two other figures below Buddha painted in gold; figure at LL stands with hands together in front bowing subtly; LR figure kneels, admiring lotus-shaped object in hands

Welcoming Descent of the Amida Buddha Triad, 15th century

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Followers of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism believe that at the moment of death Amida Buddha will descend from his paradise to receive the soul of a faithful follower. This painting depicts Amida floating downward on clouds. He is accompanied by two attendant bodhisattvas, enlightened beings who postpone becoming buddhas in order to help living beings gain salvation. The bodhisattva at left is Seishi, whose hands are clasped in prayer, and at right is Kannon, who holds a lotus. It is believed that the dead will be received upon this lotus and transported to Amida’s paradise by the sacred trio.

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Title
Welcoming Descent of the Amida Buddha Triad
Artist Life
active c. 15th to 16th century
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.794
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golden Buddha figure with halo stands on a cloud at center; PL hand extended downward, index finger and thumb clasped in blessing gesture; PR hand bent upward with similar gesture; two other figures below Buddha painted in gold; figure at LL stands with hands together in front bowing subtly; LR figure kneels, admiring lotus-shaped object in hands