Mongolia, Amitayus/Amitabha (2)

17th-18th century, Mongolia, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, school of Zanabazar, at Boston.

17th-18th century, Mongolia, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, school of Zanabazar, at Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Amitayus is holding the vase of longevity and wearing some very ornate jewellery with a foliate design that matches the panels of his crown. The squarish face, broad shoulders, and very tall lotus base with thick beading and very wide flat petals are all typical of Mongolian works of that period.

Same as above, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

Same date and materials as above, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

This less elaborate statue sits on a different type of lotus base, with overlapping scallop-shaped petals going upwards. Like the more recent one below, represented with Chinese-style draping, scarf, body proportions and crown, and on which the vase is missing.

18th-19th century, gilt copper alloy with pigment, private collection.

18th-19th century, gilt copper alloy with pigment, private collection.

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