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A thangka of Amitabha in Sukhavati
A thangka of Amitabha in Sukhavati


A thangka of Amitabha in Sukhavati
Tibet, 18th century
Seated in dhyanasana on a lotus base with hands in dhyana mudra holding a bowl, wearing gold, green and orange flowing robes with gold brocade patterns, encircled by a double mandala of blue and gold and surrounded by lotus flowers, the background landscape filled with monks, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and celestial figures within a series of pavilions, with blue and red brocade borders
29 1/8 x 10 in. (74 x 25.4 cm.)

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The red Buddha Amitabha (Immeasurable Light) sits in the meditation posture. Seated in front of him are the eight principal Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, considered to be the eight main students of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. Noteworthy amongst them are Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani and Maitreya. Four additional attendant figures stand to the right and left of Amitabha.

At the top left is the Tantric form of Vajrapani, blue and wrathful in appearance, with Manjushri below, golden and holding an upraised sword. On the right side is the white Avalokiteshvara with four hands, and below him is the red wrathful figure Hayagriva with three faces and six (or eight) hands.

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