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Figure - Amitayus

Amitayus

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast and gilt copper with red lacquer and jewelled ornaments

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Edward Louis Cappel, CIE

  • Museum number:

    M.436-1936

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Amitayus (Tibetan Tse dpag med) is the celestial Buddha of the Western direction associated in Tibet with rituals to increase longevity. Belief in the possibility of rebirth in Sukhavati, the western paradise of Amitayus, through single minded devotion to him was especially strong in China but he was also worshipped in Tibet.

Physical description

Figure of Amitayus, Buddha of Infinite Life, seated cross-legged on a lotus throne, holding a vase in both hands. The ornaments (coronet, top-knot, earrings, necklaces, amulets, bracelets, anklets, etc) are set with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral. The flesh is painted with transparent red lacquer, the hair opaque dark blue. The vase and top-knot are removable; bottom plate removed.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cast and gilt copper with red lacquer and jewelled ornaments

Dimensions

Height: 43.8 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of Amitayus, cast and gilded copper with red lacquer and jewelled ornaments, China, 1650-1700.

Materials

Copper; Turquoise; Lapis lazuli; Coral; Lacquer; Lacquer

Techniques

Cast; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Buddhism

Categories

Sculpture; Buddhism

Collection

East Asia Collection

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