Mongolia, two different buddhas

16th century, Mongolia, historical buddha Shakyamuni, copper alloy and pigment, at the Zanabazar Museum.

Labelled 16th century, Mongolia, historical buddha Shakyamuni, painted copper alloy and pigment, at the Zanabazar Museum.

The very wide lotus base and the partial use of paint make this statue quite singular. His oversized hands and the exaggeratedly twisted foot revealing his sole are in contrast with the balanced proportions of the head and facial features. It may be more modern than what the label says.

18th century, Zanabazar school,

18th century, Mongolia, Askshobya or Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, Zanabazar school, private collection.

This statues clearly shows the imprint left by Mongolian artist Zanabazar and his followers. The facial contours are square, the shoulders are broad and the arms sturdy, the double-lotus base with a row of thick beading and flat wide petals is tall and imposing.

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