The position of the Buddha’s arms indicates that the hands were once held in a gesture of meditation and suggests that this sculpture represents Amitabha, a celestial Buddha who presides over his Western Paradise. Devotion to Amitabha, a major component of Chinese Buddhist practice since the sixth century, promotes the goal of rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land, where conditions are conducive to achieving spiritual understanding. 唐 彩繪漆金夾紵阿彌陀佛像 Buddha, Probably Amitabha (Amituofo), Tang dynasty (618–907), early 7th century. China. #TheMet #Buddha #ChineseBuddhism
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