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).
Note: Amitayus 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