Lot 92: White Quartz Buddha Amitabha with Bowl, China, 20th C.
22 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
China, 20th century
Depicted is a seated Buddha Amitabha on a double lotus throne
The hands are placed in the lap and perform the dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation, while holding a bowl
Buddha's head is covered by small curls
The face has a peaceful expression of deep mediation
A long, richly pleated garment covers his body
A swastika ornament adorns the center of his chest
Height: 29 cm
The figure is in good condition with slight signs of age and wear such as small chips in places. The height measures 29 cm.
Buddha Amitabha can be translated as the 'Buddha of Infinite Ligh'. He is one of the most important and frequently depicted figures in East Asia. Buddha Shakyamuni is considered to be his incarnation. Amitabha usually comes in a simple representation without jewelry, dressed in a monk's robe and his hands are laid down in his lap, forming the dhyana mudra. A representation with abhaya mudra or varada mudra is also popular. As a special form of Amitabha appears the Amitayus. He is ornate with precious jewelry and equipped with an attribut, an abrosia vessel.
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