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Subject:Please help ID bodhisattva (?) statue
Posted By: Cten Sun, Apr 15, 2018 IP: 173.76.106.94

Found this nice little brass statue at a Vietnamese bric-a-brac shop. Owner did not know provenance, and I wouldn't know S/SE Asian from Japanese/Chinese. So sorry if wrong category!

I'd like to give it to a friend, and first want to know what/whom it represents. Thought maybe a Medicine Buddha from the pot and leaves, but looks rather feminine.

Can someone please help identify the subject, and possibly country of origin?

Thanks for any help.



Subject:Re: Please help ID bodhisattva (?) statue
Posted By: Henry Wilson Mon, Apr 16, 2018

From my experience I would say that it is definetly not Japanese and probably not Chinese. It looks SE Asian to me, especially the headgear.

I hope this helps.

Subject:Re: Please help ID bodhisattva (?) statue - Amitayus
Posted By: Cten Thu, May 10, 2018

In case useful to anyone else: I was fortunate to receive an identification from the inimitable James Callahan. He identifies it as Amitayus, a Nepalese 20th-century piece of minimal value.

A new image for me, and further reading explains both the androgynous appearance of this Vajrayana variant of the more common Amitabha, and the "boundless life" symbolism. An ideal gift for the recipient!



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