Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Amitayus, the Buddha of Limitless Life

Amitayus, the Buddha of Limitless Life
Thangka of Amitayus, The Buddha of Immeasurable Life

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in central Tibet, Tibet, Asia

18th century

Colors on cloth with cloth mountings

Framed: 66 1/8 × 46 × 2 1/8 inches (168 × 116.8 × 5.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Michael A. Adams, 2011

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A recent gift to the Museum, this painting was bequeathed by Natacha Rambova to her niece, Teresa Kimball Peterson Burrell (1924–2010). It depicts Amitayus, identifiable by his red color and the vase in his folded hands, flanked by eight smaller manifestations of himself. Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light (of whom Amitayus is an emanation), sits above the central figure. In the lower corners are two of the kings of the cardinal directions as well as six of the eighty-four mahasiddhas (great adepts), indicating that this was once part of a significantly larger set of paintings.