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Seated Amitayus

17th–18th century
Gilt bronze
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1992
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Buddha Amitayus holds a pot that contains the elixir of life; he is credited with providing devotees with health and longevity. Exemplifying the high artistic traditions of Zanabazar, Amitayus’ face reflects his perfect state of meditation. The gilding of this delicately rendered image is especially effective in conveying the light that radiates from Amitayus’ body as an expression of his enlightenment.
Steven M. Kossak , New York (1992; donate to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

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