Mongolia, Amitabha – buddha form

18th century, Mongolia, Shakyamuni, Zanabazar school, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Mongolia, Buddha, Zanabazar school, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

Amitabha sits in vajrasana, holding an alms bowl with both hands in the dhyana mudra (meditation gesture). The broad hem of his robe and the plinth of the double-lotus base are decorated with an incised pattern. His delicate facial features have been painted with pigments. There is a prominent urna on his forehead. His curly hair is made of thick beading and topped with a gold finial. One end of his upper garment is pleated into a small fishtail design over his shoulder.

18th c., Mongolia, Amitabha, Zanabazar school, gilt c.a., 12,4 cm, Christie's

Same as before.

Same as before.

18th century, Mongolia, Buddha, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

The eyes of this buddha are neither inlaid nor painted. The hem of his sanghati is decorated with an elegant floral design, one end discretely folded over the left shoulder. The lower part of his garment is neatly arranged under his ankles like the petals of a flower. He sits on a base shaped like a lotus flower with very broad upward-going petals slightly curled at the end and incised stamens.

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