Lotto No. 97


A thangka depicting Amitayus with white Taras, Tibet, 18th century


pigment and water-soluble binding agent with gilt paint on cloth, 62.2 x 45.9 cm, rubbed, with holes, partial restoration, framed, behind glass, (Hr) We are grateful to Mr Uwe Niebuhr MA for this assistance with cataloguing this work.

This thangka presents an image of Buddha Amitayus (Tibetan: tshe dpag med) from the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as the Buddha of eternal life, mantras to him are aimed at extending one’s own lifespan or that of another person. In the associated practice employed to invoke a long life (Sanskrit: auhssadhana; Tibetan: tshe sgrub), the adherents focus on divinities who represent longevity. The three divinities, Amitayus, White Tara (Tibetan: sgrol dkar) and Usnisavijaya (Tibetan: gtsug tor rnam rgyal ma) are often represented together on thangkas as a group of three. This thangka, conversely, depicts Amitayus to the centre, surrounded by 115 white Taras. In Tibetan Buddhism, a Buddha is depicted with three bodies. The ultimate body of the Dharmakaya has no visible manifestation and is not depicted in painting. The body of Sambhogakaya is beyond dualistic boundaries, space and time. He only appears to the Bodhisattvas and is the basis for the genesis of Nirmanakaya, the body of manifestation. Buddha Amitayus as the Sambhogakaya, with Buddha Amitabha as his Nirmanakaya, represents a unity, that is, they are both differing manifestations of one and the same divinity. On this thangka, the red Amitayus as Bodhisattva is depicted with the thirteen ornaments of the Sambhogakaya, comprising five silk accessories and eight jewels. His hands rest in his lap in the gesture of meditation (Sanskrit: dhyana mudra), and he sits with crossed legs in the vajra pose (Sanskrit: vakrasana). In his hands, he holds his symbol, the vase of long life (Sanskrit: jivana kalasa; Tibetan: tshe bum), which is filled with the 'nectar of immortality'. He is seated on a white moon.

Esperta: Regina Herbst Regina Herbst
+43-1-515 60-356

regina.herbst@dorotheum.at

25.09.2019 - 14:00

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EUR 1.500,-

A thangka depicting Amitayus with white Taras, Tibet, 18th century


pigment and water-soluble binding agent with gilt paint on cloth, 62.2 x 45.9 cm, rubbed, with holes, partial restoration, framed, behind glass, (Hr) We are grateful to Mr Uwe Niebuhr MA for this assistance with cataloguing this work.

This thangka presents an image of Buddha Amitayus (Tibetan: tshe dpag med) from the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as the Buddha of eternal life, mantras to him are aimed at extending one’s own lifespan or that of another person. In the associated practice employed to invoke a long life (Sanskrit: auhssadhana; Tibetan: tshe sgrub), the adherents focus on divinities who represent longevity. The three divinities, Amitayus, White Tara (Tibetan: sgrol dkar) and Usnisavijaya (Tibetan: gtsug tor rnam rgyal ma) are often represented together on thangkas as a group of three. This thangka, conversely, depicts Amitayus to the centre, surrounded by 115 white Taras. In Tibetan Buddhism, a Buddha is depicted with three bodies. The ultimate body of the Dharmakaya has no visible manifestation and is not depicted in painting. The body of Sambhogakaya is beyond dualistic boundaries, space and time. He only appears to the Bodhisattvas and is the basis for the genesis of Nirmanakaya, the body of manifestation. Buddha Amitayus as the Sambhogakaya, with Buddha Amitabha as his Nirmanakaya, represents a unity, that is, they are both differing manifestations of one and the same divinity. On this thangka, the red Amitayus as Bodhisattva is depicted with the thirteen ornaments of the Sambhogakaya, comprising five silk accessories and eight jewels. His hands rest in his lap in the gesture of meditation (Sanskrit: dhyana mudra), and he sits with crossed legs in the vajra pose (Sanskrit: vakrasana). In his hands, he holds his symbol, the vase of long life (Sanskrit: jivana kalasa; Tibetan: tshe bum), which is filled with the 'nectar of immortality'. He is seated on a white moon.

Esperta: Regina Herbst Regina Herbst
+43-1-515 60-356

regina.herbst@dorotheum.at


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