Kashmir, 8th c. seated buddhas

8th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, brass with silver inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

8th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, brass with silver inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation

Same as before, private collection.

Same as before, private collection.

Up until the 8th century (approximately) the facial features on most Kashmiri statues are soft and broad, especially the mouth and the eyes (the latter are particularly noticeable due to the standard use of silver inlay).

 

8th century, Kashmir, historical buddha Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the British Museum (London)

8th century, Kashmir,  Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Like  the previous ones, this buddha wears a transparent robe that covers one shoulder, and an ankle-length dhoti. The treatment of the hair and the fact that the eyes are inlaid with silver and his lips and nipple with copper point to a Kashmiri artist. There was probably a begging bowl in his right-hand.

 

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