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TWO FINE CHINESE GILT-BRONZE FIGURES OF AMITAYUS, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG MARK AND OF THE PERIOD, TOGETHER WITH A BRONZE CENSER (3)
A fine cast and gilt bronze sculpture of Amitayus on a rectangular stool with decorated scrollwork legs, seated in vajrasana, the hands in dhyanamudra, with the hair piled in high knot and adorned with a five-leaf high diadem (as Bodhisattvas wearing a crown 'five leaves' indicate that he is an entity not subject to natural laws), earrings, a necklace, with bracelets on the arms and wrists, the long robes draped in folds and falling pendent over the edge of the stool. The front stretcher of the stool incised with a nine-character mark Da Qing Qianlong geng ying nian jing zao, 'Respectfully made in the geng yin year of the Qianlong period of the Great Qing Dynasty; wear in the gilding, the mandorlas missing and few missing tips on the crowns, one base a bit smashed. The censer with damages in the body.

19 cm high
Estimate € 600 - 800
Note: cast as part of an order by the Qianlong Emperor of many thousand identical images, one of which, dated slightly earlier, 1761, is illustrated in Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal from the Chang Foundation as number 10