Tibet, Shakyamuni seated – abhaya mudra

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni,

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

Same as above.

Same as above.

The buddha holds his right hand with the fingers extended, palm outwards, at heart level in the fear-allaying gesture or abhaya mudra. On the first example, the left hand is in the standard meditation gestureUnless there is a dharma wheel printed on the palm of his hands and feet, it could also be Amoghasiddhi. On the second example the left hand is calling Earth to witness, a gesture normally done with the right hand.

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