Swat Valley, hand position

7th century circa, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni or Ratnasambhava, bronze with silver inlay, at the Walters Museum of At (USA).

7th century circa, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni or Ratnasambhava, bronze with silver inlay, at the Walters Art Museum  (USA).

The iconography of this image corresponds to that of the historical buddha except for the small item he holds in his left hand instead of the end of his robe. The dyani buddha Ratnasambhava often has a jewel but it is normally (incised) in the palm of his right hand which he holds open like the buddha above (his left hand is normally cupped in the meditation gesture).  This position of the historical buddha’s hands is typical of Swat Valley works, as we can see below.

7th century circa, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni,

7th century circa, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, photo by Christie’s

7th century, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, bronze, photo by Bonhams.

7th century, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, dark bronze, photo by Bonhams.

8th century, as above, Brookly Museum.

8th century, Swat Valley, Skakyamuni, dark bronze with traces of cold gold, at the Brooklyn Museum.

8th century, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Shakyamuni, private collection.

8th century, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Shakyamuni, private collection.

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