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kakemono, Buddha Amida
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is one of the masterpieces belonging to the important genre of Buddhist art in Japan. Buddha Amida is shown descending to welcome the faithful in paradise. It is a gentle painting and the expression on the Buddha's face places this artefact among the most precious in the Japanese painting collection in the Náprstek Museum.

History of the Object
The only relevant information on the original owner is mentioned above. Unfortunately no other details are known

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Type
Painting 
Materials
silk, paper, brocade; painting on silk with gold and mineral colours, background of dark blue (indigo), finely patterned, mounted in Edo period in three kinds of brocade with motifs of crests, clouds and lotus. 
Measurements
total length 203 cm, length of painting 122 cm, total width 61 cm, width of painting 43 cm 
Creator name
unsigned 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
13th Century - 14th Century; late Kamakura period (1249 -1382) or early Muromachi period 
Function
 
Acquisition
It originally belonged to the Josef Martínek collection. J.Martínek (1888-1976), a collector of Japanese woodblock prints. Náprstek Museum acquired part of his collection as early as 1930. 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic 

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