Amida Nyorai

Ref. Number: 892

Country: Japan

Material: Wood

Dimension: 21 x 13 cm

Amida Nyorai

Buddhist art and Buddhist religious thought came to Japan from China, and Buddhist art was encouraged by Crown Prince Taishi during the Suiko period in the sixth century and by Emperor Shomu during the Nara period in the eighth century.

According to sacred scripture, Amida created a paradise, known as the Pure Land (Jo_do), where the souls of sentient beings could strive toward enlightenment without the pain and suffering associated with life on earth. He guaranteed salvation to those that invoke his mercy by calling his name at the moment of death. “Amitābha” is translatable as “Infinite Light,” hence Amitābha is often called “The Buddha of Infinite Light.”

The sculpture conveys meditative serenity and reassuring calm. Amida is shown wearing the simple robes of a monk. The drape and fall of his robe fall very gently and softly across this Buddha.

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