Mongolia, Amitayus/Amitabha (3)

18th century, Mongolia, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, Zanabazar school, private collection.

18th century, Mongolia, Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, Zanabazar school, private collection.

The main difference in pictorial representation between Amitabha and Amitayus is that the former is represented in a buddha form and holds a begging bowl while the latter is represented in a bodhisattva form, with crown and jewellery, and holds a vase of longevity.

Same as above.

Amitayus, same as above.

Same as previous.

Same as previous.

This third example has Chinese-style facial features and draping, and sits on an unusual double lotus base with a substantially bigger lower part. The torso is thinner and the shoulders less square than on traditional Mongolian works.

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