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Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of Amitayus - AM.0175
Origin: Tibet
Circa: 1700 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 9.4" (23.9cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Asian Art
Medium: Gilt Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD. Art Logic—Peter Sloan, 2007

Location: Great Britain
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Amitayus, or the Buddha of Infinite Life, is especially venerated in Tibetan Buddhism. Seated in the dhyanasana position on a lotus pedestal, the hands are arranged in dhyana mudra. They support a bejewelled flask which was meant to contain the nectar of immortality. The large leaf which rises from the flask is an ashok, or anti- suffering tree. Amitayus is invoked by those seeking long life. As was customary in Tibetan depictions of this buddha, the figure wears elaborate clothes and jewellery in the manner of a bodhisattva. The diadem is inlaid with turquoise stones and behind this the hair is arranged in a 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 worn around the neck is particularly splendid. The celestial scarf runs across the back of the shoulders and around the arms, terminating in elegant leaf-shaped curls. The expression of the buddha is one of meditation with downcast eyes and a small mouth fixed in a permanent smile. - (AM.0175)


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