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Amitayus Multiplied

Tibetan
18th–19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

103 x 61 cm (40 9/16 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

21.747

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades and wood dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with no streamers or veil.

The central figure of the Buddha Amitayus sits in meditation posture holding a vase. He is red-skinned and crowned with Bodhisattva ornaments. He is surrounded by numerous, much smaller figures of Amitayus in a similar guise. Above the central figure is a seated yellow-hat lama; below him, at center, Sri Devi/Lhamo rides her mule in a puddle of blood, engulfed in blue flames. Below this, a skull is filled with offerings of eyes, tongue, heart, and other items.

Provenance

1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection