Swat Valley, 2 buddhas with bowl

 

9th c?, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, bronze, at a Berlin Museum.

Circa 7th century, Swat Valley, Shakyamuni, bronze, private collection.

This sculpture depicts the historical buddha, Shakyamuni, with his right hand in the varada mudra or gesture of generosity and his left hand holding a bowl of nectar. Even when crowned, the historical buddha doesn’t normally wear jewellery yet in the Swat Valley area he is often adorned with lotus flower earrings, necklace and armbands, and plain bracelets. His robe covers only one shoulder and has concentric folds. he sits on a throne supported by lions and decorated with tassels.

9th century, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Shakyamuni, at the Harvard Museums.

9th century, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Shakyamuni, at the Harvard Museums.

This Kashmir-style sculpture shows him without a crown or jewellery, seated on a lotus base with a single row of artichoke-like petals. His robe, which covers both shoulders and arms, has fine transversal pleats.

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