Nepal, early Malla buddhas – seated (3)

15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's-

15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

From the 15th century onwards, sculptures of the historical buddha wearing a patched robe are quite common in Nepal and Tibet. The above has an unusually triangular face and flat cranium, topped with a large round chignon. The hem of his sanghati is decorated with an incised motif, the lower end is gathered under his ankle and studded with a gem.

15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This sculpture is very similar in style and body proportions to another published in the previous post and dated 14th-15th century. The buddha has a smiling face, a broad forehead and a conical chignon topped with a finial. The waistband of his dhoti shows through his transparent robe. There is a small vajra placed before him.

15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, copper alloy,  was at the Dolpo Temple, published by Ian Alsop on asianart.com

15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, was at a Dolpo Temple, published by Ian Alsop on asianart.com

This buddha was recently stolen from the temple where it was kept and the loss reported by Ian Alsop in an article on the asianart.com website, for anyone to get in touch with <editors@asianart.com> if the sculpture is seen anywhere. There is an effigy of Machig Labdron on his chest and a small vajra before him. His sanghati is draped in the Chinese style, with the inner part showing below the right breast and the ends placed loosely over the legs and over part of the pedestal.

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