Tibet, a Chinese-style Amitabha

16th century, Tibet, buddha Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, buddha Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

Apart from the rather stern facial features which are not typical of Tibetan works, this buddha wears a robe that covers both shoulders very loosely, forms deep folds across the chest and cover his legs very loosely. The way the fabric is gathered in thick pleats under his breast also points to a Chinese influence. The begging bowl is missing from his cupped hands.

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