During the Qianlong period new interest and demand for Buddhist sculptures emerged, with the Imperial workshops producing quantities of Tibetan style Buddhist bronzes of varying quality. Numerous Tibetan bronzes were in the Imperial collection and with Tibetan craftsmen employed at the Imperial workshops. The Imperial collection includes examples of Indian, Kashmiri and Nepalese bronzes, cf. Buddhist Statues of Tibet, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, 2003. Some of these images were received as gifts from Tibetan emmissiaries, which served as prototypes for the revival of foreign artistic styles. The raised base with elongated waist and finely beaded rims as well as the treatment of the dhoti and jewellery followed Indian Pala period prototypes that are typically of similar small size. Compare with a wood shrine from Bishushanzhuang, the Summer Palace, bearing nine closely related gilt-bronze images of Amitayus, see J. Hsu, Tibetan Buddhist Images and Ritual Objects from the Qing Dynasty Summer Palace at Chengde, 1991, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 92, p. 202.