Architectural frieze with Amitabha
Pala period, 11-12th Century
H 36 x W 41.5 x D 9 cm
This meditating Buddha with an alms bowl is likely the Amitabha Buddha in the form of the Medicine Buddha, such as Bhaisajyaguru.
He is seated in vajrasana on a lotus base, both hands in dhyanamudra, supporting the alms-bowl, wearing a very fine dhoti, necklace, and his hair secured with a pointed tiara.
He is placed in a arched niche framed by two columns and on top decorated with foliage.
A smaller seated figure of Buddha is seated above him, with both hands in dharmacakramudra and placed in an arched stupa niche, with the top bordered by a row of pearls.
This architectural relief had been part of a Pala period Buddhist monument like a stupa or a monastery.
See for a similar frieze, Sotheby's, London, 19 Oct. 1995, lot 173.
private German collection acquired in the 1970’s
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