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Buddha Amitayus
AMM D-823
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The sculpture represents the image of Buddha Amitayus (Amitabha) which is the main Bodhisattva form in Lotus pose. The Bodhisattva is decorated with jewelry: a crown band, earrings, a necklace and bracelets. The nectar vase in the hands is lost. This superb sculpture is an example of a fascinating phenomenon in Tibetan art. It is modeled according to the aesthetic ideas of earlier times.

History of the Object
The Celestial Buddha is described in the scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. Amitabha is Buddha in the Pure Land, a branch of Buddhism practiced in Tibet. According to these scriptures, Amitabha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a Bodhisattva.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze, gilding, paint 
Measurements
h 39,5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Qing Dynasty 
Function
sacral artwork 
Acquisition
The sculpture was received in 1953 as a gift. 
Copyright
Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia 
Museum
Art Museum Riga Bourse 
Credit line
 

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