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Statue of Amitabha

Statue of Amitabha

금동여래입상 (金銅如來立像)


Gilt bronze

Overall: 22.5 x 7.2 x 7.2 cm (8 7/8 x 2 13/16 x 2 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1998.79


This small sculpture shows Amita, the Buddha of the Western Paradise and the focus of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism, which was popular across East Asia, including Korea. Amita is recognizable from its standing, frontal pose, its right hand raised palm out in a gesture that reassures viewers to have no fear. The aesthetics of the Shilla period are reflected in the sculpture’s modest size, appropriate for an aristocrat’s private worship, and the use of gilt-bronze, exemplifying the popularity of gold at the time.

See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt bronze

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