Amida Nyorai (Amitābha)


Amida Nyorai (Amitābha)

Sculpture / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Wood with gold leaf

H 52.6


The hands demonstrated as the meditative position (jōin). This mudra is derived from the Esoteric Buddhism, however it can be applied to the statues harmonized with the Pure Land Buddhism. The hollow of the statue was densely decorated with Sanskrit letter representing Amida, suggesting the influence of the Esoteric Buddhism. The lotus pedestal was formed with seven layers which is a popular style in the late Heian period.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.142, no.127.

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