A thangka of Amitayus Tibet, 19th century

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Lot 9
A thangka of Amitayus
Tibet, 19th century

Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 15,526) inc. premium
A thangka of Amitayus
Tibet, 19th century
Distemper on cloth, the reverse with a hand impression, with silk mount, framed and glazed.
74.5 x 51.5 cm (29 3/8 x 20 2/8 in); with silk mount: 132 x 80 cm (52 x 31.5 in).

Footnotes

  • 西藏十九世紀 無量壽佛像

    Referenced 參考: Himalayan Art Resources item no.2219

    Provenance 來源: The Jongen-Schleiper Collection of Fine Thangkas

    The painting's unusual composition, defined by a large circular enclosure of trees and palaces, appears to have originated from Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tsang Province, Tibet. A similar circular depiction of Amitayus Buddha, surrounded by the Eight Great Bodhisattvas and within a circular enclosure, 19th century, is in the Tibet House Museum, New Delhi, illustrated on Himalayan Art Resources, item no.72059.

    Amitayus, red in colour, is seated in front of a large palace flanked by the Eight Great Bodhisattvas, within shrubs of blossoming flowers and vaporous clouds. Above him are Karma Kagyu lineage masters. Beneath him is the eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara and various figures of monks set within a hilly landscape. The presence of the Eleven-Headed Avalokiteshvara would suggest that this painting belongs to the Namcho tradition's depictions of Amitayus (see footnote of Lot 8 for more on the Namcho tradition).

    Embodying the compassion of the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara was incorporated into beliefs concerning the rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitayus Buddha since the 1st-2nd century AD. At this time, the deity effected the spiritual rebirth of the devotees in the blissful land, the ideal atmosphere leading to peaceful nurturing and enlightenment. According to the Karandavyuha Sutra and the Flower Garland Sutra, both compiled between the 5th and the 6th centuries AD, the eleven towering heads crowning the head of the deity designated the ten steps towards enlightenment, culminating with the visualisation of the Amitayus Buddha.
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