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Amitayus (Buddha of the Immeasurable Life) tanka
  • Sino-Tibet or Mongolia
  • Amitayus (Buddha of the Immeasurable Life) tanka, 1800s
  • Where object was made: Sino-Tibet or Mongolia
  • silk, thread, couching, embroidering
  • Paper Type: satin
  • Object Height/Width: 55.88 x 38.73 cm
    Object Height/Width: 22 x 15 1/4 in
  • Bequest of Hubert M. Floersch, M.D.
  • Not on display
  • 2003.0171
Label Text

In the center is a figure surrounded by a halo (identified as a Buddha), sitting cross-legged on a high-pedestaled lotus throne against a brown silk background with embroidered swirling ribbons throughout. The Buddha is in the form of a bodhisattva, wearing a crown and other ornaments, and holds a bowl on his hands placed on his crossed legs in a meditation gesture (dhyana mudra). Behind him are a layered halo and mandorla. Two celestial beings (apsaras) riding clouds are present their offerings on each side of the pedestal. and swirling ribbons. Couched gold thread.