Kashmir, a small sitting buddha

10th-11th century, Kashmir, buddha Shakyamuni, brass with silver inlaid eyes, copper plate base, at the British Museum (London).

10th-11th century, Kashmir, buddha Shakyamuni, brass with silver inlaid eyes, copper plate base, at the British Museum (London).

This minute sculpture (about 8.9 cm) was found in the Swat Valley and bears an inscription in Tibetan, but it is classed as Kashmir, probably because of the use of brass in conjunction with the plain garment covering only one shoulder and the absence of typical Swat Valley features such as a throne or a double-lotus base. Such small figures were used by the Tibetans in portable shrines.

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