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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 224

Sculptures of Amida and his retinue include images of flying protective beings called apsara in Sanskrit or hiten in Japanese. Cast in one piece, this apsara has holes in three locations suggesting that it was suspended in its original setting. An inscription on the torso of the figure describes the donor as “the Governor of Kawachi,” referring to a province near modern-day Osaka, and dates the piece to the seventh month of 1357

Apsara, Bronze, Japan

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