MAY LONG-LIFE DEITY AMITAYUS BRING YOU PEACE AND HARMONY!
11th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt bronze, at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg (Russia).
This Nepalese-style work depicts Amitayus, who normally has a bodhisattva appearance and holds a long-life vase. He is an aspect of Amitabha, whose mount is the peacock, hence the two peacocks supporting the throne, which is covered with a cloth decorated with a wheel of dharma at the front.
13th-14th century, Tibet, Amitabha (Amitayus), bronze, at the Kyangphu monastery, Shigatse, Tibet photo from the Huntington Archive.
Here, the throne is supported by a seated figure between two peacocks.
Unlike the yakshas that often support thrones, this figure is tall and thin, and his body is decorated with floral roundels on the knees, forearms, elbows and chest.
16th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.
Amitayus is always seated in the vajra position, with both hands in the meditation gesture.
17th century, Tibet, Amitayus, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, at the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg (Russia).
This buddha’s crown, jewellery and long-life vase are inlaid with large cabochons typical of works inspired by late Malla art from Nepal.
18th century, Tibet, Amitayus, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.
The late Pala-revival style often includes a thin fluttering scarf.