Jammu and Kashmir, 2 standing buddhas

9th-11th century, Jammu & Kashmir, standing historical buddha Shakyamuni, copper, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (US)

9th-11th century, Jammu & Kashmir, standing historical buddha Shakyamuni, copper alloy, from the Nagaraja collection, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (US)

This is one of the most finely crafted standing buddhas made in the Kashmir area. The delicate hands and feet, the  body proportions, the torso slightly leaning to one side, added to the exquisite facial features, all contribute to a harmonious result. His transparent garment is noticeable through the concentric lines marking the folds on the chest and the patterned hem over his ankles. He stands on the typical Kashmiri pedestal, made of a double lotus base itself resting on a squarish base.

Dating is uncertain, however, the leaning torso and the fine body proportions correspond to works made after the 8th-9th century. This leaves a span of three centuries before the region turned to the islamic faith and buddhist statues largely stopped being produced.

 

9th-11th c., Jammu Kashmir, Shakyamuni, c.a., 98 cm, Cleveland, close up

The silver inlaid eyes and urna and copper inlaid lips are common to Kashmiri works. Here we appreciate the delicate hands, the intricate folds of the robe covering both shoulders, the large size locks.

9th-11th c., Jammu Kashmir, Shakyamuni, 76 cm, Ladakh,  Hemis monastery

This statue is at Hemis monastery.

Marked knee caps are a recurrent feature on the standing figures from Jammu Kashmir.

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