figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Painted sacred clay figure of Amitayus 'of immeasurable life span', the Buddha of the west. The figure is seated in padmasana pose, with both hands resting in the lap. It is naked above the waist apart from a pendant necklace and a white scarf worn diagonally across the chest. A green scarf passes behind the neck and is wound round the arms, which have bracelets. The body is painted red, the hair piled on top of the head and bound with jewels. The hipcloth is orange, and is ruffled at the front. Each ankle bears an anklet. The figure is seated on a blue plinth covered in a green cloth. V& A no. 1836.

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