18th century, Mongolia, Amitayus, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.
Adorned with princely accessories, Amitayus is seated on a lotus base typical of the Zanabazar school, holding a long-life vase in both hands.
There is a small effigy of Amitabha in his headdress and a flaming pearl on his chignon.
Undated, Mongolia, Amitayus, gilt metal, at a temple in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia) photo by the Tibetan Mongolian Museum Society.
Although this work is probably far more recent, the quality of the craftsmanship and the design of the crown, flaming jewel finial and delicate necklace on this statue recalls a group of 17th century sculptures at the Zanabazar Museum (published in a previous post).
18th century, Mongolia, Amitayus, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Proantic.The crown is placed unusually high on this buddha’s head and includes beaded festoons and pendants not normally associated with Mongolian art. The treatment of the hair curls and the design of the jewellery is also singular.
18th century, Mongolia, Dolonnor, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy cast and repoussé, turquoise, private collection, photo by Bonhams.
Dolonnor statues are very different from the Zanabazar style as they were made with the repoussé technique and often included detachable elements.
This buddha displays Chinese-style the draping below the breast and a cloud-shaped breast plate, complemented by a tear-shaped turquoise cabochon.
18th century, Mongolia, Vajradhara, silver with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources.
Vajradhara holds a vajra sceptre and a bell in his hands crossed over his heart, his crown placed high up on his head, all the accessories inlaid with large turquoise cabochons (The lotus base is likely to be earlier and of Nepalese or Tibetan origin).
17th-18th century, Mongolia, Vajradhara and consort, gilt copper alloy, Zanabazar school, private collection, photo credits unknown.