This Amitayus thangka was hand-painted by a master thangka painter in Nepal. This thangka is 30 inches long and 21 inches wide inside the brocade, and the painting alone is 14 inches long and 11 inches wide. This thangka features Amitayus Buddha. In Tibetan Buddhism Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, health, and immortality, and there is a special long-life ceremony associated with Amitayus Buddha. Amitayus is always shown seated on an eight-petalled lotus chair, in lotus position. His hands are folded together and he holds a vase with the nectar of immortality in his hands. Amitayus looks very similar to Amitabha, and in China and Japan they make no distinction between the two. It is only in Tibetan Buddhism that the two Buddhas are very distinct.