A classic from Western Tibet, with soft facial features, downcast eyes and a slight smile, harmonious body proportions and excellent craftsmanship.
Seated on an Indian-style lotus base, this Amitayus wears a serrated shawl over his shoulders and a celestial scarf placed like an arch around him. His face is painted with cold gold, his hair dyed with blue pigment, the chignon topped with a lotus and flaming jewel.
This is a curious mixture of styles. The throne, facial features and necklace recall Chinese works, the long dhoti with silver and copper-inlaid dots imitates Indian works from the Pala period, the design of the crown and the use of an arch with mythical creatures and a garuda at the top are typical of Nepal (Malla period).
A recent post was devoted to this type of 17th century circa Tibetan (and some Tibeto-Chinese) sculptures seated on a cushion, wearing a sash, and a large hair ornament instead of a crown – a revival of a much earlier Nepalese style.