China, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) / Amitabha with Two Attending Bodhisattvas / 12th-13th centuryChina, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
Amitabha with Two Attending Bodhisattvas
12th-13th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: China, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
Title: Amitabha with Two Attending Bodhisattvas
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1300
Creation Date: 12th-13th century
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: Hanging scroll, Ink and color on silk
Dimensions: Overall: 133.5cm x 79.3cm
Inscriptions: Inscription and seal purportedly of Shan Tao (613-681).
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1974.35
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Style or Period: Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

The triad of Amitabha, Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) and Mahasthamaprapta (Dashizhi) are enclosed within a circle of light. To Buddhist followers of the Pure Land sect, they are the supreme deities ruling over the Western Paradise. To secure entry into that paradise, one must recite the phrase, 'namo amituofo' (Homage to the Buddha Amitabha). Here the phrase is repeated ten times in calligraphy above the deities, as if to reinforce the need for continual recitation.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1974.35
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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