Tibet, Amitayus – buddha appearance

Amitabha and Amitayus are two aspects of the same deity.  Amitayus is normally seated and holds a long-life vase.

13th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper with cold gold and pigment, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, photo by Christie’s.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Eleanor Abraham.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigment, photo by Eleanor Abraham.

Same as above, photo by Christie's

Same as above, photo by Christie’s

In theory, he always has a bodhisattva appearance but the (rare) sculptures above demonstrate that there is always an exception to the rule as the long-life vase clearly belongs to the statue it goes with, at least in the first three cases.

 

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