Kashmir, 2 early standing buddhas

7th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass+pig., 94 cm, Karkota, Potala

 

7th century, Kashmir, Karkota Dynasty, historical buddha Shakyamuni, brass and pigments, 85 cm, is or was at the Potala, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

7th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass+pig., 85 cm, Karkota, Potala

Same as before, 94 cm

These two very similar early works are very interesting: The single lotus  base on a squarish pedestal and the borders of the draping are  typical of Kashmir sculptures from the 7th to the 12th century (after which buddhism gave way to  islam). The treatment of the body is typical of the Indian Gupta style (4th to 7th century) except for the marked knee caps, which seem to be a particularity from the Kashmir and Ladakh area. The large painted heads are typical of  the Lhasa area in Tibet.  In other words; these two statues were made by a Kashmiri artist in the Gupta style for a Tibetan temple.

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