Tibet, a silver crowned buddha

13th century, Tibet, crowned buddha Shakyamuni, silver with copper and turquoise inlay, parcel gilt, published by Carlton Rochell

13th century, Tibet, crowned buddha Shakyamuni, silver with copper and stone inlay, cold gold on face, published by Carlton Rochell

This is a rare statue, because it is made of silver and because it represents the historical buddha in princely attire with a crown. This statue was probably made by a Nepali artist in Tibet, given the use of  clear gemstones as well as turquoise and the fact that crowned buddhas are common among Nepali works of that period but quite rare among Tibetan works.

From the 13th century onwards, garments sometimes show a geometrical pattern made of large rectangles clearly marked with metal inlay .

 

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