Tibet, Amitayus – bodhisattva appearance (8)

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

14th century, Western Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with traces of gilding and lacquer, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

A classic from Western Tibet, with soft facial features, downcast eyes and a slight smile, harmonious body proportions and excellent craftsmanship.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

15th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

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.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

17th-18th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

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).

17th-18th century, Tibet, Amitayus (labelled Amitabha), copper alloy, photo by 'Between the lotus and the flame'.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Amitayus (labelled Amitabha), copper alloy, photo by ‘Between the lotus and the flame’.

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.

 

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