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

Accession Number
1964/2.19

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

Artist(s)
Chinese

Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
618-907

Medium & Support
terracotta, molded

Dimensions
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
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)
staffs (walking sticks)

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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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