Tibet, Shakyamuni 13th c.

13th century, Tibet, historical buddha Shakyamuni, brass, at the Tsug Lakhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich Von Schroeder

13th century, Tibet, historical buddha Shakyamuni, brass, at the Tsug Lakhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

The hem of the garment is inlaid with copper. The pleats are deeply incised, the folds form a regular pattern, as usual, but this time the artist has played with heart shapes at the shoulder. The face is painted with cold gold and pigments and the hair is decorated with lapis lazuli powder, in the Tibetan fashion.

13th c., Tibet, Shakyamuni, c.a.+pig., 29,8 cm, Sotheby's

This statue, from a private collection, is also made of brass but without paint or inlay, just black pigment in the hair. The hem of the garment is marked by a plain wide band and the fold over the shoulder is in the usual V shape. Only the folds between the body and the left arm are rendered, by sculpting them rather than engraving them.

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