A gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus Maximize

A gilt-bronze figure of Amitayus

Gilded bronze
15th century
Height : 20 cm
French private Collection

The Buddha Amitayus seated in vajrasana on a double-lotus pedestal, his hands holding a kalasha vase, wearing a dhoti with geometric motifs trim, adorned with numerous jewels with incrustations of hardstones, crowned with a finely-worked diadem, The hair is topped by a jewel, ribbons and locks falling on the shoulders, the face framed by big earrings, eyes half-closed, a benevolent expression, the base sealed with a double vajra pattern. Amitayus is considered an emanation of the Buddha Amithaba, devoted to the long life. It is particularly popular in China and Tibet.