Seated Amitayus

Date: 17th–18th century

Culture: Mongolia

Medium: Gilt bronze

Dimensions: H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.193.1


The Buddha Amitayus holds a pot that contains the elixir of life; he is credited with providing devotees with health and longevity. Exemplifying the high artistic traditions of Zanabazar, Amitayus’ face reflects his perfect state of meditation. The gilding of this delicately rendered image is especially effective in conveying the light that radiates from Amitayus’ body as an expression of his enlightenment.