Tibet, an early Akshobhya

9th-10th century, Tibet, buddha Akhshobhya, gilt copper, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA)

9th-10th century, Tibet, buddha Akhshobhya, gilt copper, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA)

He sits in the vajra position with semi-closed eyes, his hands in symbolical gestures. His see-through upper garment, which reveals a large navel, covers the left shoulder only. The extremity is tucked underneath (later sculptures almost always show a ‘fishtail’ flap over the left shoulder. He wears a long dhoti with an incised edge, the end neatly folded under his ankles. His hair is covered with lapis lazuli powder.

 

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