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Amida Buddha

Creation date: 17th century
Creation place: Japan

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Type: Wood Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1957.446
Dimensions: 45 in. x 21 1/4 in. x 21 1/4 in. (114.3 cm x 53.98 cm x 53.98 cm)
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Amida (Japanese for the Sanskrit Amitabha) Buddha sits in a posture of meditation on an elaborate lotus pedestal and with an ornate gilt halo, indicative of his transcendent nature. The svastika that appears on the pedestal is a symbol of auspiciousness, literally meaning “well-being,” and it originated in India.

Amida abides in the "Pure Land" paradise in the western quadrant of the Buddhist conception of the universe. Followers of a form of Buddhism popular during the Edo period in Japan would invoke him by name repeatedly in the hopes of being reborn in his Pure Land.
Last Updated: 8/27/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

C. Alexander Simpkins and Annellen M. Simpkins. Tae Kwon Do Times Tri-Mount Publications, Inc.. Bettendorf, Iowa, January 1999
Page Number: 59, Figure Number: 59

Ms. Yu Sung. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 58, 59, Figure Number: 58

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 62, Figure Number: 62

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