Tibet, Amitayus – bodhisattva appearance (4)

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Koller.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Koller.

Amitayus wears an incised dhoti, the tail end inlaid with stones like his accessories, and a matching scarf worn across shoulders and chest. His hair and facial features are painted with pigments.

Same as before, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

Same as before, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

This rare work depicts him with a Nepalese-style halo, a scarf that falls rigidly on each side to form a frame, his accessories inlaid with a profusion of medium-size stone cabochons including turquoise, lapis lazuli and clear gems, long strands of painted hair cascading over his shoulders..

Same as before, photo by Nagel auctions.

Same as before, photo by Nagel auctions.

This buddha wears a crown with large roundish panels and a thin celestial scarf that forms a loop over each shoulder, in the Sino-Tibetan fashion. His vase of longevity is missing but the position of the hands together with his bodhisattva appearance point to Amitayus.

15th-16th century, copper alloy with silver inlay and stones, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Tsang province atelier, copper alloy with silver inlay and stones, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This time, the scarf forms a loop around the elbow. The style of the lotus base, the broad shoulders and thin waist, the festooned necklace also indicate a Chinese influence but the facial features and the use of un-gilt copper alloy and silver-inlaid eyes are typical of works produced in the Tsang province (Central Tibet) between the 15th and 16th century.

 

 

 

 

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