Cast bronze Amida Buddha figure shows evidence of blackish red paint and gilding [this is a National Bureau of Standards color]. The figure is seated cross-legged on a hexagonal base with the left upturned palm in the lap and the right hand resting on the right knee with fingers touching the ground. The head of the figure has Asian features with elongated ear lobes and topknot typical of Buddha representations. The statue is marked "Bronze/ 19th Century/ John Bradstreet/ Collection". The sculpture was acquired by Samuel A. Trubshaw as a collector for John S. Bradstreet & Co., Minneapolis, Minn.
St. Catherine’s University is a prestigious women’s university in St. Paul. Since opening in 1905, it has grown to include a student body of over 5,000, graduate programs, a Minneapolis campus, and an extensive physical plant. The school’s inclusive atmosphere and diverse curriculum have made it one of the premier institutions of higher education in the United States.
From ancient times to the present, a pipestone quarry in southwestern Minnesota has been a sacred gathering place for Indian nations from all over North America. Modern highways following traditional migration routes used by indigenous people intersect at this venerated place, designated a national monument in 1937.