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Amitâbha Buddha

Amitâbha Buddha

Liao Dynasty (907 – 1125)
Hebei
Marble
M.C. 8763

Although its hands have broken off, the position of the forearms suggests that the deity is making a religious gesture in a style particular to the Far East. The right hand symbolises discussion and the left hand spreads favour. The combination of these two gestures (yin) is called laiying in China, welcome, and often replaces the teaching gesture used in Buddhist iconography of the Far East.

Five small praying children surround the Buddha emerging from lotus flowers. This theme suggests the condition of rebirth for a final existence in the Pure Land of Sukhāvatī, “Bliss”, paradise of the Amitābha western Buddha (Amida).

Although its style suggests the refined aesthetic of the Northern Qi (550 – 577), this work was likely produced during the Liao Era (907 – 1125), in northwest Hebei, in the Juyang and Dingzhou region.

Collection : Liao Dynasty (907-1125)
Mode d'acquisition : Donation of Marie-Madeleine Wannieck, 1956.
  • Le Buddha Amitabha

Le Buddha Amitabha
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