late 17th–early 18th century
Attributed to School of Zanabazar
Object Place: Mongolia
27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilt bronze, face painted with cold gold and pigment
Not On View
Amitayus sits cross-legged on a double lotus pedestal, his hands in dhyana mudra (gesture of meditation), holding a vase containing the elixir of immortality. His face is painted in with a slightly gray gold and his jewelry is prominent.
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection