A gilt bronze figure of Amitayus
14th century, Nepal
Height: 39.5cm, 15.6 inches
Amitayus is lord of the intermeditary paradise Sukhavati, and in this large image is depicted seated cross legged, both hands held one above the other in his lap holding the vase of eternal life. The torso is bare except for jewellery consisting of armbands, necklaces and bracelets, similar examples of which adorn the figure's legs and ankels over the close fitting dhoti. A narrow scarf crosses the shoulders and upper arms terminating on either side with elaborate tripartite folds.