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Buddha-Amitabha Meeting the Soul of a Righteous Man on its Way to the Pure Land

Khara-Khoto

12th century

Cotton, mineral paint 142.5 x 94 cm

The Buddha-Amitabha ruler of the Pure Land of the West is shown with two Bodhisattvas, carrying a lotus throne on which he will install the soul of a dead righteous man, who can thus be happily reincarnated. The deceased here is represented as a naked boy, standing before them on a cloud, and the figure of a seated dead monk is depicted beneath a tree in the lower left corner. The thangka is well-preserved and is notable for its striking bright colouring.

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