Western Tibet, Amitayus

14th century Tibet, buddha Amitayus, Nepalese artist, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Freer Sackler Gallery (USA).

14th century Tibet, buddha Amitayus, Nepalese artist, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Freer Sackler Gallery (USA).

14th century, Tibet, gilt metal, cold gold and pigments, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th century, Tibet, gilt metal, cold gold and pigments, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

They are both sitting on an Indian Pala-style double-lotus base with fat petals looking like small apples and wearing tall foliate crowns with the panels linked together with a wire. The body is somewhat rigid compared to Indian works and the head is bigger and with different facial features. Many 13th-14th century works from Western Tibet show a simple metal band attached to the shoulders on each side or in the guise of a flowing scarf, or a more elaborate ones with a foliate design. Amitayus would normally hold a vase of longevity in his hands but few statues still have theirs.

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