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Buddha Amitayus

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

126 x 75 cm (49 5/8 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1992.236

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.

The Buddha Amitayus sits cross-legged on a lotus seat. He is red in color, his hands in dhyana mudra holding a vase filled with amrita with a red lotus on top. He wears Bodhisattva ornaments and is surrounded by radiating golden rays and a foliate aureole of gold and green gemstones. This is surrounded by lotus flowers and foliage. Above are pastel clouds, sun and moon. Below are hills, tiny deer, and a lotus supporting offerings. The inner brocades differ from those used on other paintings in this set. For another image of Amitayus in this set, see 1992. 237.

Inscription

On reverse, in Tibetan, "Om, Ah, Hum" written on back of main figure.

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