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The cosmic Buddha Amitayus
Place of Origin: Tibet, Central
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors on cotton
Dimensions: H. 31 1/2 in x W. 22 3/4 in, H. 80 cm x W. 57.7 cm Unmounted; H. 57 in x W. 31 3/4 in, H. 140 cm x W. 80.6 cm Mounted
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B72D47
On Display: No

Description

Label: This Tibetan religious painting depicts repetitions of the Buddha Amitayus, whose name means infinite life. You can identify Amitayus by the flask of immortality he holds on his lap. Tibetan Buddhists believe that making an image of Amitayus and donating it to the proper recipient invokes the life-extending power that Amitayus embodies. Notice the natural setting surrounding the Buddhas. This painting may remind us that the Buddha's teachings about emptiness can be accessed in the world all around us.

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Exhibition History: "Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012
Label: This Tibetan religious painting depicts repetitions of the Buddha Amitayus, whose name means infinite life. You can identify Amitayus by the flask of immortality he holds on his lap. Tibetan Buddhists believe that making an image of Amitayus and donating it to the proper recipient invokes the life-extending power that Amitayus embodies. Notice the natural setting surrounding the Buddhas. This painting may remind us that the Buddha's teachings about emptiness can be accessed in the world all around us.
Exhibition History: "Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012