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Amida Buddha Against the Mandorla Background
MNK VI-8149
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This iconographic sculpture alludes to the stylistic canon from the early thirteenth century that was established by the famous sculptor Kaikei. Amida's lotus throne, a symbol of moral virtue, comes from the eighteenth century.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
carved wood, gilded lacquer, glass 
Measurements
Height 98.5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
14th Century; first half 
Function
sacral artwork 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) in 1920. Felik Jasieński was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and outstanding personality. His interests in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armours. 
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Zofia Alberowa, Sztuka japońska w zbiorach polskich, Warszawa 1987, p. 36 Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department The National Museum in Cracow 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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