Seated Amida

Seated Amida

18th century
Country
Japan
statue
Gift of Caroline Bancroft
1938.9A-C
. Seated Amida. 18th century. Gift of Caroline Bancroft. 1938.9A-C.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
overall height: 50 1/2 in, 128.27 cm; width: 25.25 in, 64.1350 cm; depth: 20 1/2 in, 52.07 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Amida Buddha
1700s, Edo period (1615–1868)
Japan
Lacquered wood and gold
Gift of Caroline Bancroft
1938.9

In Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, Amida (in Sanskrit, Amitabha)presides over the Western Paradise, the Pure Land where faithful devotees are reborn. Pure Land Buddhism spread from India to China by the second century, then to Japan in the Heian period (794–1185). By offering a path to salvation through faith in Amida’s divine compassion, Pure Land teachings differed from the complex and austere doctrines found in other forms of Japanese Buddhism. The sculpture, from the later Edo period, shows Amida seated upon a pedestal in the form of a lotus flower, with an aureole of swirling clouds rising into a curved tip behind him.