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Amit's Buddha
A.2601
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This figure was collected by the Danish Dr. Kaj Kalbak whose early 1960s collection forms a substantive part of the Korean collection in the National Museum of Denmark. Kalbak’s collection may be viewed at the interstices of archaeology / history and a fine arts perspective. This collector’s perspective is a central aspect in the formation of the East Asian collection in the National Museum.

History of the Object
Culturally and historically the cult of Buddha of Infinite Light (the Korean Amit’a) has been influential as the cult of the Sakyamuni Buddha. This figure shows the Buddha of Infinite Light with his hands in the teaching position. The slightly plump figure and the simple, stylised folds of his robes are typical of later Buddihist sculptures in Korea.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gilded wood 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unkown 
Creator date
Unkown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th century 
Function
 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The National Museum of Denmark 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of Denmark 
Museum
National Museum of Denmark 
Credit line
Photographer Arnold Mikkelsen 

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