Image: 45 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (114.9 x 59.1 cm)
Overall with mounting: 83 1/4 x 31 1/2 in. (211.5 x 80 cm)
Overall with knobs: 83 1/4 x 34 in. (211.5 x 86.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1930
Not on view
The Amitabha Buddha (Korean: Amita) was the focus of worship in Pure Land Buddhism, which enjoyed great popularity during the Goryeo period. Devotees were promised entrance to Amitabha’s Western Paradise upon recitation of his name. Seated high on an elaborate lotus throne, Amitabha is flanked by two bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvara (Korean: Gwaneum) on his left and Mahasthamaprapta (Korean: Dae Seji) on his right. The identifying attributes of the former include a miniature image of Amitabha in her crown and a ritual sprinkler, or kundika, in her left hand; the latter can be identified by the kundika in her crown. The Buddha’s hand gesture, or mudra, represents the preaching of Buddhist law. The symbol on his chest, associated with Buddhism, originated in ancient India. The intricately rendered gold decoration on the deities’ robes, particularly in the roundels of the Buddha’s garment, exemplifies the dazzling virtuosity of Goryeo Buddhist painting.
Purchased by curator in 1930.
New York. Asia Society. "The Story of a Painting: The Korean Buddhist Treasure from the Burke Foundation," April 23, 1991–July 28, 1991.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Arts of Korea," June 7, 1998–January 24, 1999.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. "Goryeo Dynasty: Korea's Age of Enlightenment, 918–1392," October 18, 2003–January 11, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Korea," January 14, 2005–October 29, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhist Paintings from the Koryō Dynasty (918–1392)," May 8, 2007–October 22, 2007.
Seoul. National Museum of Korea. "Masterpieces of Goryeo Dynasty," October 11, 2010–November 21, 2010.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met," February 7, 2015–March 27, 2016.