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Marble figure of Amitabha, Lord of the Western Paradise
Centimetres: 268.6 (height), 100 (width), 80 (depth)
575 - 590 AD
Early Empire II; Northern Dynasties - Sui Dynasty; Northern Qi - Sui
Area of Origin: China; Asia
Area of Use: China; Asia
Matthews Family Court of Chinese Sculpture
The George Crofts Collection

Description: Amitabha, the Lord of the Western Paradise, has always been the most ardently venerated Buddha in China. This sculpture, which was once coloured, is typical of the late sixth-century style in its purity and refined linear detail. The base is engraved with the names of many donors who contributed to costs of the sculpture, and in doing so, achieved merit for a better rebirth.


Royal Ontario Museum, Far Eastern Department (1992) Homage to Heaven, Homage to Earth: Chinese Treasures of the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, pl. 92.

Bulletin of the National Museum of History 4, no. 2, p. 117.

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