Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva

観音菩薩像

first half of the 13th century

Lacquered wood with paint, gilt copper and kirikane decoration on skirt

With base: 76.2 cm (30 in.); without base: 55.9 cm (22 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.90

Description

This sculpture represents one of two bodhisattvas who flank the Buddha Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Life and Light. He has one foot in front of the other and his right leg bent at the knee to show that he is in motion; his torso also sways. He accompanies Amida as he descends to collect a dying person who has asked to be born after death into Amida’s Pure Land, a place conducive to progressing along the path to enlightenment.

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