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Standing Amitabha

Standing Amitabha

금동아미타여래입상 (金銅阿彌陀如來立)

800s

Gilt bronze

Overall: 25.4 cm (10 in.); with tang: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.34

Location

Did you know?

This Korean statue has a stylistic affinity with Indian Gupta–period (AD 300s–500s) statues that emphasize soft modeling and naturalism.

Description

Buddhist teachings emphasize the pursuit of spirituality, rather than physicality, to achieve enlightenment. This statue’s artist, however, made genuine efforts to represent the divine’s beautiful voluminous body. Inspired by Indian Gupta–period art (AD 300s–500s), this particular artistic style emphasizing soft modeling and naturalism was further developed in China and flourished across East Asia.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Gilt bronze

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