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Lot 85. A gilt-copper figure of Amitayus, Tibet, 16th-17th century; 16.5cm (6 1/2in) high. Estimate £ 10,000-12,000. Sold for £ 11,250 (€ 12,874). © Bonhams.

The deity seated in in vajraparyankasana on a double-lotus base, holding a jivana-kalasha, wearing detailed robes and beaded jewellery inlaid with hardstones, the face with serene expression, the high chignon supporting a foliate finial and surrounding a five-pointed crown, the base sealed and incised with a double vajra

Provenance: the Jeannette Claude Jongen collection of Buddhist Art.

Published and Illustrated: A.Neven, Etudes D'Art Lamaique et de L'Himalaya, Brussels, 1978, p.120, pl.26 (the catalogue is offered as part of the lot).

NoteAmitayus as the 'Buddha of Eternal life' is highly revered in China and Mongolia because of his special ability to prolong life.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, London, 12 November 2015