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The Buddha Amida's Descent
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The Buddha Amida's Descent

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description According to Japanese Buddhists of the Pure Land sect, mere faith in Amida (Amitabha), the Buddha of the western paradise, will be rewarded with rebirth there. In this painting, Amida descends to greet the believer at death. He is accompanied by his attendants Seishi and Kannon (Avalokitesvara), who holds the lotus throne that will carry the believer's soul to paradise. "I shall go when Amida comes to invite me; a ray of light suddenly shines forth between his eyebrows; music sounds out anew astonishing my ears."
Date Description Narrative
8/01/1988Examinationexamined for condition
1/01/1989Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; mounted; loss compensation
6/27/2007Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Yamanaka & Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1920, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Label] On tag: Y B 1995
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1920

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1300-1333 (Kamakura)
colors and faded gold on silk mounted on paper with brocaded silk borders
(Painting & Drawing)
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L: 50 x W: 22 1/4 in. (127 x 56.5 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
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Not On View


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