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Amitayus

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

120 x 74 cm (47 1/4 x 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1992.237

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, silk dust cover, wood dowel, brass knobs, and leather corner tabs

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Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.

Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, sits cross-legged on a lotus seat. He is red in color, his hands in meditation mudra, holding a vase filled with amrita with a lotus on top. He wears Bodhisattva ornaments and radiates golden light. Around him is a golden foliate aureole with green gems, surrounded by lotus flowers and foliage. Above him are clouds, the sun and moon. Below are flowers and a pond with a lotus flower in it with an offering bowl. Around the lake are deer, peacocks, and ducks. Compared to other Amitayus in this set, this Buddha has accentuated breasts, is lighter in color, and is set back into the landscape.

Provenance

1992, George and Verena Rybicki, Lexington, MA; 1992, gift of Rybicki to the MFA in memory of William Stanley and Janet Morgan. (Accession Date: May 26, 1992)

Credit Line

Gift of George and Verena Rybicki, in memory of William Stanley and Janet Morgan