Amitayus, or the Buddha of Infinite Life, is
especially venerated in Tibetan Buddhism.
in the dhyanasana position on a lotus
the hands are arranged in dhyana mudra.
support a bejewelled flask which was meant
contain the nectar of immortality. The large
which rises from the flask is an ashok, or
suffering tree. Amitayus is invoked by those
seeking long life. As was customary in
depictions of this buddha, the figure wears
elaborate clothes and jewellery in the manner
bodhisattva. The diadem is inlaid with
stones and behind this the hair is arranged in
high chignon, mounted with a gold finial.
Traces of blue pigment are visible
in hair on the reverse. The large earrings are
diamond shaped and the tiered pendant
around the neck is particularly splendid. The
celestial scarf runs across the back of the
shoulders and around the arms, terminating
elegant leaf-shaped curls. The expression of
buddha is one of meditation with downcast
and a small mouth fixed in a permanent