Tibet, crowned Shakyamuni – seated (2)

11th-12th century, Tibet, historical buddha Shakyamuni,

11th-12th century, Tibet, historical buddha Shakyamuni, bronze, traces of cold gold and pigment, at the Walters museum (USA).

This is a singular sculpture of the historical buddha with a crown, made of dark bronze,  perhaps once painted with cold gold all over. He wears a transparent garment covering one shoulder and loosely folded over the right arm, the fan-shaped end resting on the shoulder. His ankle-length dhoti  is tucked under his legs in a pleated scallop shape. Both garments have a wide edge decorated with some piping or beading at the centre. He has the broad face and wide eyes of the local people but the shape of his nose and lips is more along the line of the Indian tradition. His lips were painted with red pigment and his urna and crown were once inlaid, probably with turquoise and/or coral.  The toes  on his right leg are curled up exaggeratedly. The sobriety of the statue enhances the harmonious body proportions and the excellence of the craftsmanship.

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