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The descent of the Buddha Amitabha (Japanese: Amida)
阿弥陀来迎図 一幅 絹本着色 鎌倉~室町時代 14世紀
Place of Origin: Japan
Date: 1300-1400
Historical Period: Kamakura period (1185-1333)-Nanbokucho period (1333-1392)
Object Name: Hanging scroll
Materials: Ink, colors, and gold on silk
Dimensions: H. 38 5/8 x W. 15 1/4 in., H. 98.1 x W. 38.7 cm (image); H. 66 1/2 x W. 20 7/8 in, H. 168.9 cm x W. 53 cm (overall)
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B64D7
On Display: No

Description

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阿弥陀来迎図 一幅 絹本着色 鎌倉~室町時代 14世紀

The painting depicts the Buddha Amitabha, known as Amida in Japan, ready to come down to earth to take the soul of a newly deceased person back to the Western Paradise. This kind of painting was widely commissioned by devotees of Pure Land Buddhism, who favored images of the Buddha Amida on a lotus pedestal with both hands held in the gesture of descent: thumbs and forefingers touching to form a circle. The sumptuous rendering of the Buddha reflects the splendors of paradise. For the Buddha's robe, a series of delicate patterns in cut gold foil was applied to the silk surface.


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Exhibition History: "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:

阿弥陀来迎図 一幅 絹本着色 鎌倉~室町時代 14世紀

The painting depicts the Buddha Amitabha, known as Amida in Japan, ready to come down to earth to take the soul of a newly deceased person back to the Western Paradise. This kind of painting was widely commissioned by devotees of Pure Land Buddhism, who favored images of the Buddha Amida on a lotus pedestal with both hands held in the gesture of descent: thumbs and forefingers touching to form a circle. The sumptuous rendering of the Buddha reflects the splendors of paradise. For the Buddha's robe, a series of delicate patterns in cut gold foil was applied to the silk surface.


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