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Bronze figure of Amitabha - HK.2008
Origin: China
Circa: 15 th Century AD to 17 th Century AD
Dimensions: 13" (33.0cm) high x 10" (25.4cm) wide
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a bronze sculpture of Amitabha. Seated in lotus posture in deep meditation, he places his both hands on his lap, forming the dhyana mudra. His eyes are closed with a serene expression, flanked by elongated earlobes. The simplistic monastic robe reveals his bare chest marked with a swastika. The base of the sculpture is sealed with a lotus symbol.

As the Tathagata of Western Heaven, Amitabha appears in two forms. When he is in his form body (nirmanakaya), he appears in Buddha outlook. When he is in apparitional body (sambhogakaya), he appears in jewelled bodhisattva outlook and is addressed as Amitayus instead of Amitabha.

Approaching the later period of Ming Dynasty, there was a gradual stylistic change. Departing from the slender and slim physique dominating the Yongle and Xuande era, late Ming sculptures have a broader chest and a thicker torso. The most distinctive feature, perhaps, is the considerably big head, evidently visible in this sculpture. - (HK.2008)


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