Tibet, Amitayus – buddha appearance

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Pundole's.

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

Amitayus and Amitabha are two aspects of the same deity, who holds both hands in the meditation gesture. The former is usually depicted in a bodhisattva appearance, but we know that this is Amitayus and not Amitabha because he holds a long-life vase and not an alms bowl.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The above wears a loosely draped sanghati decorated with an incised border. His face is painted with cold gold and pigments, his hair is dyed with blue pigment.

 

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