Tibet, Amitayus – unusual works

16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy and cold gold, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy and cold gold, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

This image portrays Amitayus with a buddha on top of his head, adorned with a small crown with four small leaf panels and a larger one in the middle, a Chinese-style festooned necklace and matching bracelets, large round earrings, a scarf draping his shoulders and arms, some curious elbow ornaments, beaded anklets, his face painted with cold gold and pigments, his long plain dhoti loosely gathered over his legs.

16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, silver, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, silver, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

A rare silver sculpture of a small Amitayus seated on a tall Pala-style lotus base, his tall chignon topped with a big finial, wearing a low five-leaf crown with the panels wide-apart, a very long scarf with the ends resting over the pedestal, holding a large long-life vase against his chest.

18th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt and lacquered copper alloy, cold gold, pigments, stones, at the British Museum in London (UK).

18th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt and lacquered copper alloy, cold gold, pigments, stones, at the British Museum in London (UK).

This masterpiece depicts him seated on a Yongle-style double-lotus base, his hands in the meditation gesture to hold a long-life vase now missing. He wears a scarf that forms a loop at elbow level before ending in a straight line over the pedestal, and an ample dhoti gathered in soft folds before him, both with incised borders, in the Chinese fashion. The broad shoulders and thin waist are reminiscent of works made by Chinese or Mongolian artists. He is adorned with a Nepalese-style crown and matching jewellery inlaid with a lot of small stone cabochons reminiscent of the Malla period. The face is painted with cold gold, the eyes, urna, lips and hair with pigments.

 

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