Tibet, Amitayus – bodhisattva appearance

14th-15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, photo by Sotheby's

14th-15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, photo by Sotheby’s

Amitayus,  seated in the lotus position and dressed in bodhisattva attire, holds a long-life vase, his distinctive attribute. His face has been painted with cold gold and pigments and his hair with lapis lazuli powder. The figure is richly gilt and inlaid with stones, in the Newar style.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, bronze on a copper base, photo by Eleanor Abraham.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, bronze on a copper base, photo by Eleanor Abraham.

On this Chinese-style work he is wearing an ample dhoti and a thin celestial scarf that makes a loop at elbow level, goes down to the knees and swirls up like the ribbons of his crown.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay,  private collection.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection.

Around the 13th-14th century, the celestial scarf used as a frame going from shoulder to knee level became a standard feature in parts of Tibet (especially the West).

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