Tibet, Akshobhya – 12th c. Indian-style

12th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, hollow cast brass, at the Alain Bordier Foundation (Switzerland).

12th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, hollow cast brass, at the Alain Bordier Foundation (Switzerland).

Buddha Akshobhya is shown here in his bodhisattva form, seated in the lotus position, adorned with simple jewellery and dressed in see-through garments.  He has a tall Indian-style chignon, some strands of hair falling over his shoulder, a small three-leaf crown with jewels on each panel and decorated with rosettes and upward flying ribbons. His soft facial features transmit serenity. His small round nose is unusual for a Tibetan sculpture but not so among 12th century works from Himachal Pradesh and North-East India.

12th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, brass, Photo by Christie's.

12th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, brass, Photo by Christie’s.

Although this is Akshobhya with a buddha appearance, his neck is adorned with beads. There is a prominent urna on his forehead, his eyes are cast down and inlaid with silver, in the Indian style. We can see a small punched navel through his diaphanous garments and a very thin waist, but no nipples.

12th century, Tibet,

12th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, bronze, photo by Christie’s.

This is another 12th century Indian-style sculpture of Akshobhya in his buddha appearance, made of a dark copper alloy with smooth contours. He has a smaller ushnisha topped with a finial (and no necklace).

 

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