Kashmir, 7th c. buddhas (4)

7th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver inlay and pigment, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

7th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver inlay and pigment, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

An inscription on the base allows us to situate this work at the end of the 7th century (694 AD). It depicts the historical buddha doing the dharmacakra mudra and holding one end of his garment. He is seated in the lotus position on a double-lotus base over a typical Kashmir-style plinth. His robe covers one shoulder only. The eyes and the very large urna are inlaid with silver.

7th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass with cold gold and pigments, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

7th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass with cold gold and pigments, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This is a very similar image, with the same treatment of the garment, with broad concentric pleats at the front and transversal pleats on the legs and arm, and decorated hems. At some stage, this sculpture was kept in Lhassa, which explains why the face has been painted with cold and the hair and facial features with pigments, following the Tibetan tradition.

7th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, dark copper alloy, silver inlaid eyes and urna, photo by Christie's.

7th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, dark copper alloy, silver inlaid eyes and urna, inscription on the base, photo by Christie’s.

This buddha with generous lips, broad nose and large silver-inlaid eyes is seated on a plain cushion over a throne supported by two lions and a yaksha.

7th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, c.a., lion throne, sil.eyes+urna, close up

He holds his right hand in the fear-allaying gesture, the left hand holds one end of his garment.

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