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  Amitabha

 

Thailand

Bronze image of Amitabha from the Northeast China Song Dynasty, depicted with a bhumisparsa mudra, and with an urna on his forehead, a swastika on his chest, and holding a chintamani (fig.). Though it is by some claimed that in iconography this specific pose is reserved for the Sakyamuni Buddha only, this claim is contradicted by this image, as it is indeed registered in the museum as Amitabha and erected alongside the bodhisattvas Guan Yin (fig.) and Ti Tsang Wang (fig.), of whom the latter is also known by the Sanskrit name Ksitigarbha (fig.).