rare small gilded bronze Amitayus Buddha holding the sacred nectar of eternal
life, seated in full lotus on a visvapadmasana pedestal. The Buddha's youthful
countenance is both sensual and serene, with prominent
hair dressed in four sections like a stupa above his head. The
staue is finely cast with deeply engraved jewels and foliate patterns. The
gilded gold surface has a deep yellow patina, with a double vajra seal on the
closed copper base plate
is the most well known and popular of the five Dhyani Buddhas. He is red, the
color of love and compassion, and the supreme power and energy of nature cast
on an earthly plain. By meditating on him, the disease of delusion becomes the
wisdom of discernment. He is seen holding a bowl of immortality nectar, and in
conformity with his dhyana mudra, presents his essential message of meditation.
His association with the setting sun invites us to withdraw our external senses
and perceptions inward into higher states of meditative concentration.