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Buddha Amitayus

18th century

Object Place: Tibet


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





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.


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


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