Tibet, Amitayus – bodhisattva appearance (5)

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The dhyani buddha is seated on a Thakuri-style lotus base, his hands in the meditation gesture to hold a vase of longevity, his face painted with cold gold, wearing a broad sash across his chest, adorned with a low crown and jewellery.

Labelled 16th, Central Tibet, Tsang province, Amitabha, brass, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (USA).

Labelled 16th, Central Tibet, Tsang province, Amitabha, brass, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (USA).

The above wears a tall three-leaf crown with a beaded rim, a foliate chignon adornment,  a knee-length dhoti with a beaded hem, matching bracelets and anklets, a short necklace with five leaf pendants and a beaded one that would normally be longer and form a U shape. The style of the double lotus base corresponds to the 14th century circa. We will notice his fleshy toes.

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

15th-16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

This richly gilt and stone-inlaid work successfully marries the Tibetan, Nepalese and Chinese elements. His dhoti is incised with a floral motif. he wears three necklaces inlaid with turquoise and matching armbands, bracelets and anklets.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper and stone inlay, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper with stone inlay (and possibly coral or glass), is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Like most sculptures from the Lhasa area, this one has cold gold and pigments on his face and painted hair, which may have been added at a much later date. He wears a striped dhoti with an incised pattern and a thin matching scarf across his chest and shoulders. We saw this unusual feature recently on a sculpture of Amitayus dated to the 15th.

16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, cold gold, pigments, gems and glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt copper alloy, cold gold, pigments, gems and glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

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