unsigned; Amida Buddha at center on cloud, with PR hand raised, PL hand lowered, with large halo emitting gold beams over image; smaller figure at L on cloud, bending forward slightly with hands clasped and head lowered; figure at R bending slightly, offering a jeweled box

Welcoming Descent of the Amida Buddha Triad, early 14th century

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The luminous figure of Amida, the Buddha of Boundless Light, descends on a cloud along with two attendant bodhisattvas, Seishi at left and Kannon at right. In what is known as a raigō, or “welcoming descent,” the salvific trio has descended from Amida’s paradise in the Western Pure Land to this world in order to rescue a deceased believer. The devotee will be transported to the Pure Land upon the small lotus pedestal that Kannon holds in his hands. Paintings such as this played an important role in deathbed rituals.

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Title
Welcoming Descent of the Amida Buddha Triad
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.8
Provenance
Ikeda Seihin, Esq.; Hammer
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 5
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unsigned; Amida Buddha at center on cloud, with PR hand raised, PL hand lowered, with large halo emitting gold beams over image; smaller figure at L on cloud, bending forward slightly with hands clasped and head lowered; figure at R bending slightly, offering a jeweled box