17th-18th century, Mongolia, historical buddha Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection
17th-18th century, Mongolia, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection.
The broad shoulders and the shape of the lotus base tell us immediately that these statues are of Mongolian origin. The second buddha wears a garment with an incised pattern that covers all the cloth, not just the wide hem. He holds his begging bowl in one hand while touching the earth with the other.