Korea, Unified Silla Kingdom (668-935)
gilt bronze, Overall: h. 25.40 cm (10 inches); with tang: h. 26.00 cm (10 3/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.34
The Pure Land sect of Buddhism originated in India and spread across Asia, gaining popularity in China, Korea, and Japan. Images of Amita-the focus of Pure Land practice-gained in popularity in Korea during the Unified Shilla period. This figure’s gestures of reassurance and wish fulfillment indicate that it is likely an image of Amita. The broad shoulders and voluptuous body of this Buddha illustrate the stylistic influence from the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907), whose aesthetics spread throughout East Asia.
Japan Society Gallery, NYC (4/7/2003 - 6/22/2003): "Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan, 6th-9th Centuries"
National Museum of Korea, Seoul (6/4/2012 - 8/5/2012): "Korean Art Collections in the United States",, ex. cat. no. 70, p. 164-165.