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Purchased from Arnold H. Lieberman, Buddhist & Hindu Antiquities, New York, 19 March 2004.
Amita Buddha is the central deity of Korean Pure Land Buddhist worship, whereby a sincere appeal to Amita, merely through the chanting of his name, guarantees salvation and rebirth in his paradise. Thanks to its directness and simplicity the Amita cult grew in popularity among all social classes during the Goryeo Dynasty. In its original format, this painting probably featured two additional deities, Gwaneum Bosal (Avalokitesvara) and Daeseji Bosal (Mahasthamaprapta). For a similar Goryeo-Dynasty example of the Amita triad in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, see: www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/39882#:~:text=The%20Amitabha%20Buddha%20(Korean%3A%20Amita,upon%20recitation%20of%20his%20name