Left Hand of a Colossal Amitâbha Buddha (Amida Nyorai)

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Attributed to Kaikei
(active c. 1183 - 1236)
Left Hand of a Colossal Amitâbha Buddha (Amida Nyorai), first quarter 13th century
13th century
Kamakura period, 1185-1333
Creation Place: Japan
Wood with traces of lacquer, polychromy, and gilding. Probably from an Amida triad originally at the Shin-Daibutsu-ji Temple in Iga, Mie Prefecture.
L. 66.7 cm (26 1/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
, 1931.9
Ex-Tamai Collection, Nara
Iwata Shigeki, "A Wooden Buddha Hand in the Collection of Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University: On its Probable Provenance from the Main Worship Figure of Shin-Daibutsu-ji Temple in Iga", MUSEUM, Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo, Japan, February 2004), No. 588, color plates 1-2 and p.7, figs. 1-4

Priest Chôgen and the Rebuilding of Tôdaiji: the Kamakura Era, an Age of Artistic Revival and Innovation (Daikanjin Chôgen: Tôdaiji no Kamakura fukkô to arata na bi no sôshutsu), exh. cat., Nara National Museum (Nara, Japan, 2006), cat. no. 105

Francesca Herndon-Consagra, Reflections of the Buddha, exh. cat., Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis, MO, 2011-2012), p. 3 (installation image); p. 40, no. 2

Exhibition History
Chogen, Nara National Museum, Nara, 04/15/2006 - 05/28/2006
Reflections of the Buddha, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 09/09/2011 - 03/10/2012