The Paradise of the Buddha Amitabha (Amida)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    15th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Color and gold on silk panel
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 179.8 × 163.9 cm (70 13/16 × 64 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    A small temple among the Tachibana-dera of Takiachi, in the Province of Yamato [1]
    To 1906
    Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1906 [2]
    From 1906 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, in 1906 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] According to Curatorial Remark 4, H.P. Stern, 1956, in the object record, and based upon a note in the Original S.I. List 503, pg. 2174, "this mandala was secured from a small temple among the Tachibana-dera of Takiachi, in the Province of Yamato. On the back of the panel, and also on the box which contained the painting when it was in kakemono form, is an inscription saying that the mandala was remounted by Nakahima of Kuwana, in the Province of Ise, in propitiation and for the furtherance of the happiness of his ancestors in heaven, in the seventh year of Genroku--A.D. 1694."
    [2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Kakemono List, L. 1045, pg. 368, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    In the Shadow of an Apocalypse (October 14, 2017 to October 28, 2018)
    Buddhist Art (May 9, 1993 to September 21, 2004)
    Japanese Art (January 1, 1963 to July 1, 1966)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 1 and 2 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Paintings (October 25, 1955 to November 23, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art (October 3, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Hanging Scrolls, Ceramics, and Sculpture (October 2, 1947 to January 23, 1951)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Ceramics and Painting (May 2, 1946 to October 2, 1947)
    Japanese Painting and Sculpture--Buddhist (January 5, 1928 to December 8, 1941)
    Japanese Paintings and Sculpture (May 2, 1923 to January 5, 1928)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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