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Amitayus Trinity

Date:
ca. 15th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Copper alloy with traces of gold paint, inlaid with silver and gold
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Wt. 2 lbs (.9 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Uzi Zucker, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.507.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
This triad with Amitayus (Amitabha) on an openwork lotus throne flanked by two similarly enthroned Taras celebrates the symbolism of the lotus that is so essential to South Asian art. Two devotees— snake-hooded nagas, guardians of the earth’s treasures—emerge from the waters, hands raised in veneration.
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