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A Votive plaque depicting a Bodhisattva in Amitabha's (Chinese. Amitofou's) Western Paradise, giving rebirth to new souls from lotus buds

Accession Number
1964/2.17

Title
A Votive plaque depicting a Bodhisattva in Amitabha's (Chinese. Amitofou's) Western Paradise, giving rebirth to new souls from lotus buds

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
618-907

Medium & Support
terracotta, molded

Dimensions
2 5/8 in. x 2 in. ( 6.7 cm x 5.1 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection

Label copy
Here one of the celestials who attend upon the Buddha Amitâbha in his Western Paradise is shown seated on a lotus-shaped throne. From a lotus bud in his right hand emerges a long, curling lotus stem with three blossoms, each containing a tiny soul, a newcomer to paradise.
Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
Exhibited in "Flora and Fauna in Chinese Art," April 6, 2002 - December 1, 2002.

Subject matter
This small clay plaque was probably originally one of a large group that collectively illustrated a scene of the Western Paradise of the Buddha Amitabha (Chinese, Amitofou). In this detail, a bodhisattva sits on a lotus petal; from his right hand emerge several lotus stems, with tiny figures emerging from them. According to the teachings of Pure Land Buddhism, these are souls being reborn in the Western Paradise after having called upon Amitabha for mercy.

Physical Description
A small, thin, molded clay plaque with a bas-relief scene.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
relief

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Buddhism
bodhisattva
lotus (motif)
miniature (size attribute)
paradise (doctrinal concept)
plaques (flat objects)

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