SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The San Antonio Museum of Art announced the recent acquisition of a rare wooden sculpture of a Amitabha Buddha from Japan dating to the late 12th century. The Amitabha (Japanese: Amita) Buddha was originally lacquered and gilded. Some pigment and gilding are still present on the beautifully balanced and symmetrical figure.
“This acquisition is a wonderful addition to our presentation of Japanese Buddhist art,” says John Johnston, the Coates-Cowden-Brown Curator of Asian Art at SAMA. “The date of the object is astonishing. Any wooden sculpture, much less one of this very high quality, that is 800 years old is very rare.”
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