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Ming Stone Seated Amitabha - HK.2044
Origin: China
Circa: 1368 AD to 1644 AD
Dimensions: 30.5" (77.5cm) high x 21" (53.3cm) wide
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Stone


Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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Description
This is a stone sculpture of Amitabha from the Ming Dynasty. Seated in lotus posture in deep meditation, he places his both hands on his lap, forming the dhyana mudra. His eyes are closed with a serene expression, flanked by elongated earlobes. The simplistic monastic robe reveals his bare chest.

As the Tathagata of Western Heaven, Amitabha appears in two forms. When he is in his form body (nirmanakaya), he appears in Buddha outlook. When he is in apparitional body (sambhogakaya), he appears in jewelled bodhisattva outlook and is addressed as Amitayus instead of Amitabha.

The surface of the sculpture has traces of soothing rain wash. It is evident that this sculpture has stayed outdoor for a considerable period of time. Such a colour difference provides a sense of aesthetic sophistication. - (HK.2044)

 

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