Tibet, Nepalese-style crowned buddhas

15th century, Tibet, crowned buddha Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, crowned buddha Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy and turquoise inlay, private collection.

The buddha is sitting on a typically Tibetan double-lotus base with two rows of beading at the top and at the bottom, his right hand calling Earth to witness, his left hand in the meditation gesture. He has a teardrop-shaped turquoise urna on his broad forehead, and a low crown held with upward flowing ribbons, once inlaid with stones. The hem of his upper and lower garments is decorated with geometrical incisions.

same as above

same as above but with lapis lazuli inlay.

This small statue (about 7.5 cm tall) sits on a Nepalese-style double lotus base but his serene moonlike face, with broad nose and lips, was made in the Tibetan style. The incised upper garment covering one shoulder reveals a very large nipple, the same size as the raised urna on his forehead.

15th-16th century, Tibet, crowned buddha Shakyamuni, brass with glass or stone inlay, at Musée Guimet (Paris).

15th-16th century, Tibet, crowned buddha Shakyamuni, brass with glass or stone inlay, at Musée Guimet (Paris).

same as above, inlaid with gems, private collection

same as above, inlaid with gems, private collection.

The gown of this buddha was overlaid with metal to mark the rectangular pattern of his patched robe, a design which became popular around the 15th-16th century. His crown is inlaid with clear gems, in the Nepalese fashion, and turquoise. It is held with ribbons decorated with rosettes above ear level.

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