A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AMITAYUS QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY |
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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- Height 7 1/4 in., 18.5 cm
seated in vajraparyankasana with the hands held in dhyana mudra and supporting a bumpa containing the elixir of longevity, the face with a serene expression framed by an ornate foliate five-point tiara set to either side with a billowing upswept sash, wearing a dhoti with finely chased foliate borders draped about the legs in soft, rhythmic folds, raised on a double-lotus base, sealed with a copper plate incised with a vishvavajra
The Chang Foundation Collection.
Jintongfo zaoxiang tulu/Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, pl. 19.
Bronze depictions of the Buddha of Infinite Life typically include the ritual vessel bumpa held in the deity's hands, as seen on the present example. During Buddhist rituals these vessels were filled with sacred flowers or peacock feathers, as it was believed they had the power to cleanse evil from the hearts of practitioners. The vases were also used during longevity rituals, whereby the vase was filled with water that could be consecrated and transformed into an elixir of immortality by devotees who evoked Amitayus' name.