Akshobhya in Lhasa (2)

13th century, Tibet, buddha Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, at Tsug Lakhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

13th century, Tibet, buddha Akshobhya, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, Lhasa, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder

The buddha is wearing a crown and is adorned like a prince. The face of the statue has been painted with cold gold in the Tibetan fashion and some pigments have been used to colour his hair and lips.

13th c., Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt metal, 40 cm, Tsug Lakhang

Same as above.

14th century circa, Tibet, buddha Akshobhya, copper alloy, cold gold and pigments, at the Jokhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

14th century circa, Tibet, buddha Akshobhya, brass with copper inlaid hem, cold gold and pigments, at the Jokhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

Because of the vajra or thunderbolt in front of him, one assumes this is a statue of Akshobhya, but it could also be the historical buddha, Shakyamuni (who has dharma wheels on the palm of his hands and the soles of his feet). They both touch the Earth with one hand while holding a begging bowl (often missing) in the other. The painting of the face with cold gold and pigments is typical of Tibet, and may, of course, be far more recent than the statue itself.  The petals on the lotus base are flatter and more elongated than in the 12th-13th century, and they curl up at the end. His garment is plain, with a thick hem, and covers only one shoulder.

14th century, Tibet, buddha Akshobhya, gilt copper and pigments, at the Jokhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

14th century, Tibet, buddha Akshobhya, gilt copper and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

As from the late 13th century circa, many statues were richly gilt. First, they were fire-gilt then the face was painted with cold gold and pigments.

The lotus base with wide round petals is often seen among Nepalese works.

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