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Chinese Ming Dynasty Carved, Painted and Giltwood Amitayus Buddha



A beautiful and serene Chinese Ming dynasty carved wood figure of the Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of long life, and a form of Amitabha Buddha. He is seated in dhyanassana, dressed in loose fitting robes, and adorned with a five pointed crown and necklace. His robes have been covered in a deep Vermillion lacquer with black lacquer highlights, which have been touched up with red paint over time. Red is the color of Amitabha and Amitayus. His face has been carved beautifully, with a downcast eyes, a strong nose, and beatific smile. The face is of typical Ming form, well rounded, almost to the point of being chubby. His face and crown are heavily gilt, complementing the red of his robes nicely. A large cavity in the back of the statue would originally have held consecration materials. In overall fair condition, with loss and flaking to the lacquer, revealing the gesso, wood, and fabric underneath. The crown most likely a later replacement. Mounted on a custom metal base.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)
  • Style
    Ming (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1600
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading. With loss and flaking to the lacquer, exposing the gesso, fabric, and wood beneath. Some repainting and re-gilding. With insect damage to the interior and one side, as well as the top of the head. The crown most likely a replacement.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89477546823

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    $175 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Austin, TX
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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