Buddha Amitayus in His Pure Land

2nd half of the 18th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

In the center of this composition sits Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, on a Chinese-style seat. In front of him a lotus blossom and its branches carry a king and his auspicious “Seven Jewels.” Amitayus presides over a paradisal realm with a two-storied palace behind him, the roof tiles of which carry the six-syllable mantra of Avalokiteshvara. The palaces in the corners of the painting represent realms similar to the central one and are situated at the cardinal directions around it, each of them occupied by an eight-deity assembly of the mandala of Amitayus.


  • Title: Buddha Amitayus in His Pure Land
  • Date Created: 2nd half of the 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 33.25 x 22.25 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2002.2.5
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: China
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Rubin Museum of Art, "What is It? Himalayan Art" (11/12/07 - 02/09/09), Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, "Buddhist Art of India & The Himalayas" (08/08/03 - 10/05/03)

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