Amitayus

Mongolian, Buddhist
late 17th–early 18th century
Attributed to School of Zanabazar


Object Place: Mongolia

Dimensions

27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.34859

Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze, face painted with cold gold and pigment

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection