Kashmir, two buddhas with red robe

8th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, ivory and pigment, at the Cleveland museum of art (USA)

8th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, ivory and pigment, at the Cleveland museum of art (USA).

The buddha is touching the earth with his right hand and holding  the  end of his  garment in the palm of his left hand.  His robe is pleated lengthwise and has a plain edge that goes under the right arm. The pointed end of his ankle-length dhoti is neatly arranged before him. The cloth that is depicted seems to be of the crinkly type, dyed  in red. He is surrounded with attendants and female deities.

8th-9th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, cast bronze and pigment, private collection.

8th-9th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, cast bronze with copper and silver inlay and pigment, private collection.

Partly because of the use of red pigment, this metal sculpture is strikingly similar to the ivory sculpture above. The pleats of this robe are transversal, and there is no plain edge to it but it appears to be made of the same type of crinkly cloth dyed in red. The urna and the eyes are inlaid with silver  and the lips  with copper. Lapis lazuli powder has been applied to his hair.

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