About this object

Bronze statue of Amitabha or Historical Buddha. Buddha shown seated in yogic, meditational pose with right hand, palm down, shown in earth-witnessing or bhumisparsa mudra. Left hand holds vessel. Buddha's robe with details of floral border and complex pleating and folding at left shoulder. Holes to front, neck and back suggesting figure once wore jewellery, earlobes also have circular holes as opposed to elongated holes suggesting earrings once in place. Hair has been left without gilt , however there is a small amount of red pigment at left ear, which suggests he is Amitabha. Base is open and in Nepalese style openwork. Two holes to back of base where nimbus would have been inserted.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Metal Gilt; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma)
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    295 mm x 190 mm x 173 mm; 11 5/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 6 13/16 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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