Amitabha, with a plump face and a turquoise-inlaid urna, holding a begging bowl, the border of his robe is decorated with a chased pattern and a row of thick beading.
15th century, Tibet, Amitabha (labelled Amitayus), gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Drouot.
We have seen a few case of the wisdom buddha Amitabha holding a long-life vase instead of a begging bowl.
18th century, Tibet, Amitabha or Shakyamuni? labelled Amitayus, bronze (brass), school of Chöying Dorje, private collection, photo by Koller.
Late sculptures often depart from the standard iconography and this buddha seated on a lion throne, with both shoulders covered and a flame of enlightenment coming out of his chignon could be the historical buddha. The figure has Chinese-style facial features and sits on a lotus base inspired by the Kashmir/Swat Valley style. He holds a long-life vase normally associated with his Amitayus aspect, but Amitayus always has a bodhisattva appearance.
Circa 18th century, Tibet, Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.The above holds a jar filled with nectar.
Circa 18th century, Tibet, Amitabha.
The same, dressed with embroidered silk garments.
18th century, Tibet, Amitabha, copper alloy with cold gold and paint, private collection, photo by Koller.