Seated Amitayus Buddha

Seated Amitayus Buddha

c. 570s


Overall: 110 x 66.1 cm (43 5/16 x 26 in.)

Worcester R. Warner Collection 1915.334.1


Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, is seated in meditation on a double lotus pedestal. The pedestal was not made with the statue but the combination is faithful to the original artistic conception. The statue is an extremely rare example of a major type of Northern Qi Buddhist sculpture. The heavy, massive front highlights the sense of monumentality and the spiritual essence of the Buddha. The pedestal exhibits the rich, ornate style of early Tang sculpture. It was commissioned by the Duke of Liang, Fang Xuanling (578–648), for the blessing of his second son and daughter-in-law, the Tang imperial princess of Gaoyang. The iconography and inscription suggest that it originally went with a statue, now missing, of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.


Devotional Figure
Conservation Treatment
The Eyes
See also
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 

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