Tibet, crowned Shakyamuni – seated

10th-11th century, Tibet, buddha Shakyamuni, bronze with traces of gilding, 8 cm, at the Ashmolean Museum (UK)

10th-11th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with traces of gilding, 8 cm, at the Ashmolean Museum (UK)

The photo is probably the wrong way round as it would be very unusual for the historical buddha to be calling Earth to witness with the left hand and hold the right hand in the meditation gesture. He wears a tall crown with rosettes and ribbons, and a transparent robe that covers both shoulders.

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