Western Tibet, Amitayus (2)

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, bronze, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, bronze, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

As in most cases, the long-life vase is missing from his cupped hands but his bodhisattva appearance and the position of his hands (in the meditation mudra) identify him as Amitayus. He has a tall five-leaf crown with panels secured with wire and decorated with rosettes and upward-flying ribbons, a celestial scarf that forms an arch, secured with metal at the back, all of which are typical features of 13th and 14th century Western Tibetan sculptures of dyani buddhas.

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, brass, photo by Koller.

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, brass with stone inlay, photo by Koller.

On this example, the ends of the celestial scarf pass over his arms before resting on his knees. The double-lotus base with flatter petals and no beading is not often seen.

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, bronze, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, bronze, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is a highly individual representation of Amitayus, complete with a vase of longevity in his hands. He has a  tall chignon topped with a jewel and a comparatively small crown adorned with wide ribbons flying upwards, matched by his celestial scarf whose wide ends are pleated in a similar way and flying in the same direction. There are long strands of hair falling on his shoulders and ending in curls.

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