Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Painting: 134 x 79.7 cm (52 3/4 x 31 3/8 in.); Overall: 223 x 95.7 cm (87 13/16 x 37 11/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1974.35
Each line of calligraphy, which invokes the Buddha's name, emerges from a lotus blossom.
The supreme deities that rule over the Western Paradise—Amitābha (阿彌陀 in Chinese), Avalokiteśvara (Guanyin 觀音), and Mahāsthāmaprāpta (Dashizhi 大勢至)—are here enclosed within a circle of light. To secure entry into that paradise for Buddhist followers of the Pure Land sect, one must recite the phrase namo amituofo (南無阿彌陀佛, Homage to the Buddha Amitābha). Here the phrase is repeated 10 times in calligraphy above the figures, reinforcing the need for continual recitation.
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