Buddha Amitäyus

A finely cast miniature icon of the Buddha Amitâyus, seated on a double lotus pedestal.
Artist Unknown, Tibet
18th century
The Buddha Amitâyus (Buddha of Boundless Life), holding a vase of amrita, the elixir of long life. Amitayus is one of the many manifestations of Buddhahood found in the Vajrayana pantheon of Himalayan Buddhist practice. He is most often depicted, as here, in sambhoga kaya (the "body of bliss"; an archetypal manifestation), represented by the garb of an earhly prince, with a crown, jewels, long hair, and wearing a dhoti.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
1980/2.279
Monday, June 18, 2018