Antique Japanese scroll painting of Buddha Amitābha also known simply as Amida Buddha. Here he stands with each foot on a lotus blossom, floating on swirling clouds against a black void as he descents. His hands are in vitarka mudra, also known as Raikō gesture of welcoming souls to Paradise (Jōdō or Sukhavati in Sanskrit). Amitābha (which means Infinite or Immeasurable light) is much loved for his gentle wisdom and his all accepting nature. Painted in ink, mineral colors and gold on silk. Mounted with very old Buddhist temple silk brocade. Roller ends are made of gilt copper with designs of lotus leaves.
Age: Late Edo Period (late 1800’s)
Dimensions: Scroll: 74″ high x 26 3/4″ wide (29″ wide including scroll ends) Art: 42″ high x 19 1/2″ wide