Tibet, Kashmiri-style standing buddha

10th-11th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection

10th-11th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, historical buddha Shakyamuni, private collection.

This is an example of the Indian Gupta style revival done in the Kashmir style. The draping is similar to the original 4th to 7th century Indian sculptures but the trunk of the buddha is taller, his arms longer and his face is narrower – especially the forehead. Besides, Gupta-period statues were made of ungilt metal (bronze, copper alloy or brass). The typical Kashmiri lotus base is also an adaptation of earlier Indian ones. This buddha has no navel and his eyes are not silver-inlaid in the Kashmiri fashion, which means the artist was probably Tibetan.

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