Jammu and Kashmir, two similar mandorlas

11th century, Jammu Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, black schist, private collection

11th century, Jammu and Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni on a lion throne, black schist, private collection

11th century circa, Kashmir, probably Jammu Kashmir, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, published by Rossi&Rossi

11th century circa, classified as Kashmir, bodhisattva and buddha of the future Maitreya, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, published by Rossi&Rossi

It would be interesting to find out why such different statues have a very similar halo and mandorla with U-shaped flames, rather unusual among Kashmiri works. Unfortunately, when art works are removed from their context, dating and origin are very approximate unless there is an inscription on the base that indicates when it was made and by whom or for whom etc.

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