The Welcoming Descent of Amida with the Bodhisattvas Kannon and Seishi, Framed panel; embroidered silk, Japan

The Welcoming Descent of Amida with the Bodhisattvas Kannon and Seishi

Period:
Kamakura period (1185–1333)
Date:
13th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Framed panel; embroidered silk
Dimensions:
Image: 39 1/2 x 15 1/4 in. (100.3 x 38.7 cm)
Overall with mounting: 66 7/8 x 20 3/4 in. (169.9 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.37.166
Not on view
Embroidered images—often the product of pious groups seeking to perform meritorious works–were revived by the Pure Land sect of Buddhism in the Kamakura period. In this rare embroidered raigō, Amida, attended by Kannon and Seishi, stands on descending clouds over embroidered flowering lotuses, which suggest the heavenly reward promised to those who believe in Amida's mercy. Such images were produced for use in a widely practiced service for the dead and often included the devotee's hair as part of the embroidery.
[ Garrett Chatfield Pier , New York, until 1912; sold to MMA]
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