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Tibetan Thangka: Buddha Amitabha in Paradise

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Tibetan Thangka:  Buddha Amitabha in Paradise
Amitabha is the Buddha of Infinite Light and as one of the Five Transcendent Buddhas is Buddha of the west . He is red in color, wears monastic clothes and holds a bowl in his hands. He represents the laserlike light of perception. His symbol is the lotus and most famous emanation is Avalokiteshvara.

In this thangka Amitabha sits in blissful contemplation in his Western Pure Land Called Sukhavati, the Land of Bliss amid both natural features and architectural elements. Everything about this painting is peaceful and contemplative, from the monastic buildings behind Amitabha and in the lower corners to the children splashing in the water in front of him. Anyone who prays wholeheartedly to go there may be reborn in Sukhavati out of a lotus, as are four figures in this painting.

This is a sizeable painting measuring 19.5 by 26 inches. It is quite clean and unfaded. There are five horizontal lines of wear with some paint loss, indicating that it was rolled from the top and some dampness caused the problem in ever widening bands, stopping in the area where the children are swimming.

The first photograph shows the entire thangka (it has no mountings), the second shows the central figure, the next four show the four corners clockwise from the upper left.

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