H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Mrs. J. Watson Webb, 1930
Not on view
Like many of the works of art created to represent the Pure Land belief in salvation through faith, "welcoming descent" (raigō in Japanese) paintings such as this one were indispensable religious furnishings at the time of death. Such paintings depict the scene in which Amida (Amitabha in Sanskrit) Buddha, often with attendants, descends on clouds from heaven to escort a believer to the Western Paradise. The richly decorated robe—in particular, the raised pattern of peonies along the hem—suggests a date in the fifteenth or sixteenth century.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.