Tibet, Amitabha (2)

Second half of 15th century, Tibet, Amitabha, gilt copper repoussé and pigments, at the Freer Sackler Gallery

Second half of 15th century, Tibet, Amitabha, gilt copper repoussé and pigments, at the Freer Sackler Gallery at the Smithonian Insitution in Washington D.C. (USA).

Seated in the vajra position on a single lotus with the petals going downwards, both hands in the meditation gesture to hold a (missing) bowl, Amitabha has a round chignon topped with a lotus bud finial, a squarish face with a tiny mouth, large ears, marked pectorals and fleshy fingers and toes. His garments are draped in the Chinese fashion and decorated with an incised border.

15th century, Western Tibet, Guge period, Amitabha, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Western Tibet, Guge period, Amitabha, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This buddha has a small oval face with flat ears and silver-inlaid eyes that recall the much earlier Kashmiri style. He sits on a lotus base with two rows of broad petals, his robe is incised throughout and draped like the previous one, with the the lower part folded into a neat shape that imitates the petals of the pedestal.

16th century, Tibet, Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, at the Liverpool Museum (UK).

16th century, Tibet, Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, at the Liverpool Museum (UK).

This Amitabha with a small triangular face is seated on a cushion over a lotus with long stamens, wearing a robe that covers both shoulders (like seated buddhas of the Nepalese Licchavi period), his dhoti showing below the sanghati.

18th century, same as before, at the British Museum in London (UK).

18th century, same as before, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Instead of wearing a patched monastic robe that denotes humility, this buddha wears a luxury silk garment richly decorated with incisions and beading.

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