Luxury Design, Past & Present
8 3/4 inches ( 22 cm)
Seated on a double lotus base in dhyanasana¸ garbed in a billowing dhoti flowing between his crossed ankles, heavily adorned with jewelry and chakras inset with turquoise hardstones, the face in a serene expression with a gentle smile, elongated and downcast eyes flanked by lotiform earrings, and sharply arched brows surmounted by a foliate tiara, the hair in a high chignon and freely cascading down his shoulders.
The surface of this impressive figure is entirely covered in a rich fire-gilding. Such portrayals of Amitayus are characteristic of imagery from Tibet. He is associated with the rites that ensure long life, especially worshipped by Tibetans, who believe that life can be extended through long lineages, faith and compassion. It is also believed that one can achieve self-enlightenment and cater to the welfare of other with the help of Amitayus meditation.