About this object

Bronze figure of Amitayus or Tse-pa-me. He sits on a single lotus pedestal, in yogic or meditational pose. Both hands resting in lap, while holding a vase with the nectar of long-life. Out of this vase grows a flowering Ashoka twig. He wears an elaborate five-jewelled crown of the Bodhisattva and is finely detailed with folding sash to the back and elaborate hair details.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Copper; Metal Gilt
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1913-01-08 before
  • Measurements
    110 mm x 60 mm x 50 mm; 4 5/16 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 15/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 30: Per Barmiak Lama 8th January 1913. A copper image of Tse-pa-me "Immeasurable Life, 41/2 inches high, including pedestal. In his hands he holds the tse-pum "Jar of Life". In this is the Chi-me Dütsi, the nectar that confers immortality, literally the "Deathless Juice" (that conquers) "Devils". People pray to Tse-pa-me for long life. On the head is the Ri-nga headdress. On the top of the back of the head is the hair coiled up. He is seated on a lotus. He is seated cross legged with the soles of the feet turned upwards. This keeps the sinews in proper position and is the correct position for meditation. Devout persons sit in this posture for some time everyday. The Lama has, when at Bodh Gaya, seen the Japanese and Ceylonese priests sitting in this posture.
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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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