Amitäbha preaching in his Western Paradise

A small, thin, molded clay plaque with a bas-relief scene..
Artist Unknown, China
Amitabha (Chinese, Amitofou), the Buddha of the Western Paradise, preaching. Note that his hands are in the dharmacarka mudra (the gesture of "turning the wheel of the law." One of the most widely worshipped deities in Mahayana Buddhism in China from the late sixth through 10th centuries and in Japan from the 11th century onward. Here he is shown seated on a lotus petal, rising up from a pond, and surrounded by rising tendrils of lotus buds.
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Sunday, August 14, 2022