Kashmir, a triad (2)

7th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni and bodhisattvas, bronze with silver inlaid eyes and urna, private collection, published by Rossi&Rossi

7th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni and bodhisattvas on throne, bronze with silver inlaid eyes and urna, private collection, published by Rossi&Rossi.

Not often do we get a chance to see such an old sculpture complete with its back panel. Here the buddha is flanked by Avalokiteshvara Padmapani (holding a long-stemmed lotus) to his left, and Maitreya (holding a water pot) to his right. He is sitting on a cushion, over a  lion throne supported by a yaksha (sort of giant). His pleated garment with concentric folds covers one shoulder and arm, the tail end is arranged into a semi-circular shape in front of him. Behind the smaller figures we can see two columns with a halo of thick beading topped with a sun and moon. The central part of the back panel is shaped rather like a key-hole and the halo is decorated with half a lotus flower, above the head of the buddha, and some spiky flames which are sculpted rather than incised.

 

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