Mongolia, Chinese-style Amitayus

early 18th century, Mongolia, buddha Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with pigments and stone inlay, private collection

Early 18th century, Mongolia, buddha Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with pigments and stone inlay, thought to have been made in the Dolonnor area, private collection.

Amitayus holds the vase of longevity in his hands.

The low multi-leaf crown, the cross belt on the chest, the way the scarf is rigidly folded over his arms, the long hair let lose over his shoulders and the facial features (pursed lips and eyes slanted diagonally) point out to the work of a Chinese artist. The use of  small turquoise and coral inlay and  blue or black pigment in the hair is an influence from earlier Tibetan works.  Mongolian buddhist ‘bronzes’ normally have a very lavish gold (fire-gilt) finish which has survived the passing of time because  they are relatively late works (17th -19th century).

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