Buddhist Triad: Amitabha Buddha Seated On A Lotus Throne With His Hands Held In The 'bhûmisparsa-Mudrâ' And Flanked By Two Standing Bodhisattvas, Presumably Avalokitesvara And Mahasthamaprapta
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Buddhist Triad: Amitabha Buddha Seated on a Lotus Throne with His Hands Held in the 'Bhûmisparsa-mudrâ' and Flanked by Two Standing Bodhisattvas, Presumably Avalokitesvara and Mahasthamaprapta
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Amitabha, Manjusri, Samantabhadra
Work Type
sculpture, figurine
mid-15th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Chosôn dynasty, 1392-1910
Level 1, Room 1610, Buddhist Sculpture
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Physical Descriptions
Gilt silver
H. 10.8 x W. 10.2 x D. 6.8 cm (4 1/4 x 4 x 2 11/16 in.)
Ralph C. Marcove, M.D., New York (by December 22, 1997), gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1997.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ralph C. Marcove, M.D.
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Publication History

Hongnam Kim, The Story of a Painting: A Korean Buddhist Treasure from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, exh. cat., Asia Society (New York, NY, 1991), no. 30, fig. 3, pp. 2, 3, 48

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 58

Francesca Herndon-Consagra, Reflections of the Buddha, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO, 2011-2012), p. 35 (color plate); p. 45, no. 23

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 9

Exhibition History

A Decade of Collecting: Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2000 - 11/05/2000

Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008

Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 09/09/2011 - 03/10/2012

Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/2012 - 06/01/2013

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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted