Anonymous - Amitayus
Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, sits in meditation on a double lotus throne. He is dressed in Indian princely attire and wears royal jewels inlaid with turquoise. The delicate modelling of Amitayus’ face and the detailed rendering of his jewels are inspired by the early West-Tibetan tradition. His hair is tied in a tall knot and covered by an intricate diadem. With his hands folded in his lap in a gesture of meditation, he holds an amphora containing the Elixir of Life. The bottom of the sculpture is sealed with a bronze tablet stamped with the symbol of a double diamond sceptre. The sculpture may contain votive offerings, which were commonly placed inside artworks of this sort.
measurements: height 28 cm
material: bronze – turquoise
technique: cast and inlaid
inventory number: Vp 320
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art