Aug 31, 2020
May 11, 2012

Cinerary Urn with Amida's Pure Land

Cinerary Urn with Amida's Pure Land



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Gilt bronze

Diameter of mouth: 12.4 cm (4 7/8 in.); Overall: 26.1 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1960.55



This urn once held someone’s ashes. It is decorated with images of the Pure Land of Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Life and Light. Heian-period devotees of Amida believed that if they called upon his name with sincerity at the moment of death, they would be born into his Pure Land, also known as the Western Paradise, and thereby escape the pattern of reincarnation. As shown on the lid of the urn, in the Pure Land, musical instruments float about playing by themselves. Its palatial structures and magnificent lotus pond are described on the body of the urn.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt bronze

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