Tibet, Shakyamuni seated – dharmacakra mudra

10th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

10th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This Kashmiri-style sculpture depicts the historical buddha doing the ‘turning the wheel of dharma’ gesture. The concentric folds and wavy hem of his garment, which covers the left shoulder only, make the fabric look light and fluid. Unlike Kashmiri buddhas, this one has a very tall neck and trunk compared to the rest of the body.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper with cold gold and pigment. is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper with cold gold and pigment. is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th-17th century, Tibet, gilt copper with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th-17th century, Tibet, gilt copper with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The hands may be held closer or further away from each other, at heart level. The index and thumb are pressed together, the right hand palm outwards, the left hand palm inwards. If there were no dharma wheels printed on the palm of his hands and feet this would be Vairocana.

 

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