Lot 1292: Tibetan Gilt Amitabha Statuette
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 19th century AD. A hollow-formed gilt bronze statuette of Amitabha sitting cross-legged on a lotus-flower base, vase in the flat hands, inset turquoise and coral cabochons to the headdress. 3.9 kg, 33cm (13"). From an important London collection, acquired in the 1990s. Amitabha is the Buddha of limitless life and in his hands he holds a vase containing the elixir of immortality. Like the historical Buddha he is shown seated in meditation and contemplating the suffering of existence. Amitabha is said to dwell in a Western paradise known as the Pure Land, and offers salvation to all who call to him, especially those at the moment of death. He is popular in Tibet, China and Japan and has developed a school of Buddhist teaching known as Pure Land Buddhism.
Condition Report: Fine condition.