PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF BUDDHIST FIGURES FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CHANG FOUNDATION
Popular among followers in China as one of the most compassionate figures in Buddhism, Amitabha is believed to reside in Sukhavati, the Pure and Happy Land, a Buddhist paradise in the West. Meher McArthur, in Reading Buddhist Art, London, 2002, p. 39, notes that ‘according to the Sutra of the Pure and Happy Land, all mortals can be reborn in the Pure Land if they worship Amitabha’. This salvation aspect of Amitabha originates from a vow made while still a bodhisattva to save all beings if he himself could attain enlightenment.
A related figure of slightly larger size, attributed to the Ming dynasty, was sold at Christie’s London, 13th December 1982, lot 686. See two similar figures sold in these rooms, 19th November 1986, lot 105; and the other, 6th November 1981, lot 48.
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