Left Hand Of A Colossal Amitâbha Buddha (Amida)
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1931.9
People
Attributed to Kaikei (active c. 1183-1236)
Title
Left Hand of a Colossal Amitâbha Buddha (Amida)
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
first quarter 13th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Kamakura period, 1185-1333
Culture
Japanese
Location
Level 2, Room 2740, Buddhist Art, The Efflorescence of East Asian and Buddhist Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wood with traces of lacquer, polychromy, and gilding
Dimensions
L. 66.7 cm (26 1/4 in.)
Provenance
Ex-Tamai Collection, Nara
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
1931
Object Number
1931.9
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
From the central deity of an Amida triad originally installed at Shin-Daibutsu-ji Temple in Iga, Mie Prefecture.
Publication History

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 Arts Foundation (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 Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 09/09/2011 - 03/10/2012

32Q: 2740 Buddhist II, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/02/2016

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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