Swat Valley, buddha on three-tier base

6th-7th century, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, photo by Sotheby's.

6th-7th century, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, photo by Sotheby’s.

This is a singular sculpture of Shakyamuni seated in the lotus position over a lotus head placed on a double-lotus base with artichoke-like leaves typical of the Swat Valley area but with the upper part much smaller than the lower one. The buddha has silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips. His robe covers both shoulders and the folds are rendered through oblique incisions. The red colour of the figure and lotus head indicates a high content of copper, the double-lotus base below is made of a darker alloy – components are often cast separately.

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