Wooden figure of the Buddha Amida


British Museum

British Museum

The Buddha Amida (Sanskrit: Amitabha) was the principal deity in temples of the True Pure Land or Jōdo Shinshū sect. It often formed the central element of a triad, flanked by two bodhisattvas. Here, Amida holds his hands in a gesture that welcomes the souls of the dead faithful to the Pure Land (Sukhavati).

As with many statues of this period, the figure is made using the yosegi zukuri technique, with a number of pieces of wood hollowed out and fixed together. The realistic eyes are made of crystal and inserted from the inside of the head before the statue was finished.

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  • Title: Wooden figure of the Buddha Amida
  • Date Created: 1200/1299
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 96.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: lacquered; carved
  • Subject: buddha
  • Registration number: 1945,0419.1
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Period/culture: Kamakura Period
  • Material: wood; mineral; gold; lacquer
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Art Fund