seated Buddha; PL hand in lap with open palm, index and thumb loosely touching; PR hand up, with index finger and thumb touching; two-tiered knobby hair, long earlobes; traces of red pigment on robes; seated on wide, stylized lotus on round base

Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light, early 12th century

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Amida Nyorai, the Buddha of Limitless Light, is the salvific central figure of Pure Land Buddhist teachings. Believers who call on the name of Amida will be greeted by him and his retinue at the moment of death and transported to the western Pure Land. In this sculpture, which reflects the influence of the master Japanese sculptor Jōchō (d. 1057), Amida is seated with legs crossed in the full lotus position. He joins the index fingers and thumbs of both hands in a mudra (sacred gesture) of welcoming. Traces of the gold foil that once fully covered Amida’s skin and the green, red, and black pigments of his clothing remain.

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Details
Title
Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.256a-c
Provenance
Dainichi-do, Terai, Koga-gun, Shiga Prefecture
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 547
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seated Buddha; PL hand in lap with open palm, index and thumb loosely touching; PR hand up, with index finger and thumb touching; two-tiered knobby hair, long earlobes; traces of red pigment on robes; seated on wide, stylized lotus on round base