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A Votive plaque depicting the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Ch. Dizang), in Amitabha's Western Paradise

Accession Number

A Votive plaque depicting the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Ch. Dizang), in Amitabha's Western Paradise


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
terracotta, molded

2 3/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. ( 6 cm x 4.1 cm )

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

Label copy
The bodhisattava Ksitigarbha, the protector of the earth, was considered to have the power to save souls that had fallen into hell after death. Prayers to Ksitigarbha could positively affect the fate of one’s ancestors, so his cult flourished in China. He is recognizable by his monk’s garment and six-ringed staff.
Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
Exhibited in "Flora and Fauna in Chinese Art," April 6, 2002 - December 1, 2002.

Subject matter
The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Chinese, Dizang), recognizable by his monk's garb and staff, standing on a lotus and surrounded by floating tendrils of lotus flowers. The scenery places him in the Western Paradise of the Buddha Amitâbha (Chinese, Amitofou). This miniature clay plaque was originally one of a large number of plaques depicting various details from a scene of Amitâbha presiding over his Western Paradise, while various bodhisattvas are in attendance.

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

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area

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lotus (motif)
miniature (size attribute)
paradise (doctrinal concept)
plaques (flat objects)
staffs (walking sticks)

5 Related Resources

(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Devotional Objects Across Religions
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Heavens, Hells, and Afterlives
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Cabinet E: Shelf 2
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet E ➜ Shelf 2