Amitabha Buddha on lotus throne, Tang Dynasty

Amitabha Buddha on lotus throne, Tang Dynasty. Gray limestone with traces of old version; 94 x 49.5 x 48.5 cm. Weight: 654.4 kg. Ident.Nr. 1960-4. Collection: Museum of Asian Art. Photo: Jürgen Liepe © Photo: Museum of Asian Art, the National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage.

On a lotus throne on a rectangular base Amitâbha Buddha sitting in the lotus position. His left hand rests on his left knee, the lost rights was raised most likely in the gesture of fearlessness (abhaya mudrâ). Completely preserved and Nimbus are flamed mandorla behind catch the head and body. The front and side walls of the socket wear a long donor's inscription, with other names of donors also spread to the back. It's called a clan elders called you Fuyin from the village Baozhong and his family, who have this figure of a stone Mituo (Amitâbha) at great sacrifice can be manufactured. The inscription shall include the date of completion, the 8th day of the 4th month of the 5th year of the era Tianbao (746). The Buddha Amitâbha (Buddha of immeasurable light) is one of the great savior figures of the Buddhist pantheon and as ruler of the "Western Paradise," the central figure of "the Pure Land" (Ch. Jingtu) of Mahayana Buddhism, which is in Chapter 4. -5. Could establish century in China and soon gained wide popularity.