Tibet, Vairocana – seated (3)

11th century circa, Tibet, buddha Vairocana, copper with traces of gilding, at the gTsug Lakhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

11th century circa, Tibet, buddha Vairocana, copper with traces of gilding, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This statue is identified as buddha Vairocana thanks to the position of his hands doing a gesture specific to him. There is an effigy of Akshobhya or Shakyamuni in his crown.

The fact that this statue was made of copper rather than copper alloy, and the shape and size of the leaves composing his crown (typical of the Thakuri period) indicate that it was made by a Nepalese artist, in Nepal or Tibet. Cold gold on the face, blue pigment in the hair and red pigment on the lips were added to suit the local taste.

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