This thangka was hand-painted in Nepal by a master craftsman. This thangka features Amitabha Buddha, who is one of the five Dyani Buddhas (self-born) in Tibetan Buddhism, and who is one of the most popular Buddhas in China and Japan. Amitabha is always red in color. He is shown seated with a begging bowl held in his hands, and in China and Japan Amitabha and Amitayus can be used interchangeably, but in Tibet Amitayus and Amitabha are very distinct. The easiest way to tell the difference in Amitabha and Amitayus (since both are often shown seated with a bowl in their hands) is by the headdress worn by Amitayus, which is tall and elaborate. This thangka is mounted in brocade, and inside the brocade it is 31 inches long and 22 inches wide. The painting itself is 14 inches long and 10 inches wide.