Tibet, Nepalese-style standing buddha

11th century circa, Tibet, historical buddha Shakyamuni, copper with pigments and cold gold, at the Potala, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century circa, Tibet, historical buddha Shakyamuni, copper with pigments and cold gold, at the Potala, Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This Tibetan buddha was made in the Nepalese fashion. The main indicators are the shape of the lotus base, the very narrow chest and thin  waist and the use of copper. As the statue is worshipped in Tibet, the face has been  painted with cold gold and pigments, and lapis lazuli powder has been applied to his hair. There are traces of gilding on the garment and on the base suggesting it was originally gilt all over.

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