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Western Paradise of the Buddha Amitabha

Type
Sculpture
Historical period(s)
Northern Qi dynasty, 550-577
Medium
Limestone with traces of pigment
Dimension(s)
159.3 x 334.5 cm
Geography
China, Hebei province, Fengfeng, southern Xiangtangshan, Cave 2
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1921.2
Label
The Buddha of Infinite Light (Sanskrit, Amitabha), is lord of the Pure Land called the Western Paradise. Devotees believe that absolute faith in Amitabha entitles a person to be reborn in that paradise. In this mural, Amitabha presides over a pond and welcomes newly reborn souls who emerge from within lotus blossoms. This mural is among the earliest known depictions of the Western Paradise in Chinese art. It is from the Southern Xiangtangshan Buddhist cave-temple site, Cave 2. The Xiangtangshan caves were located close to the city of Ye, the capital of the Northern Qi dynasty. Their carving was an imperially sponsored project. A related object in the Freer collection is F1921.1.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Keyword(s)
abhaya mudra, Amitabha Buddha, Avalokitesvara, bodhisattva, Buddhism, cave, China, lotus, Mahasthamaprapta, meditation, musical instrument, Northern Qi dynasty (550 - 577), Pure Land, relief, sutra, temple, throne, tree
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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