Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Overall: 229.4 x 97.8 cm (90 5/16 x 38 1/2 in.); Painting only: 127.4 x 79.3 cm (50 3/16 x 31 1/4 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1971.164
Red Amida holds his hands in a mudra, or gesture, of welcome, as he receives worshipers to another plane called the Pure Land.
This rare image depicts the Crimson Crystal Buddha of Infinite Life, or Red Amida, with a red body; it is more common to see Red Amida with a red robe. His crown contains the Five Wisdom Buddhas who represent different aspects of wisdom. He is supported by a lotus flower with five- and single-pronged vajras, ritual implements derived from ancient Indian weapons. Their selection is particular to specific deities and rites and based on sacred texts.
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