Western Tibet, Amitayus – standing

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, brass, found in Ladakh, at a Berlin museum

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, brass, found in Ladakh, Berlin museum of Asian art.

This is an early and rare statue of buddha Amitayus standing. The tall pedestal and the  very ornate one-piece flaming halo topped with a parasol are typical of Pala India but the stiff, rather doll-like body with a head and crown out of proportion is a common feature of the West Tibetan sculptures of that period, as are the garland of flowers and the dhoti with one leg much shorter than the other. Amitabha is depicted in princely attire, adorned with jewellery. The long-life vase he should be holding is now missing.

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