Kashmir, standing buddhas (1)

9th-10th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

9th-10th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The historical buddha holds a piece of his robe in his left hand and displays the abhaya mudra (dispelling fear) with the other. His sanghati covers both shoulders and has deep and regular concentric pleats.

9th-10th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, 17,8 cm, plaited hair, close up, Christie's

Two interesting features are the halo attached to his back, decorated with an unusual flame design, and his truncated-cone hair style. As on most Kashmiri sculptures, the eyes are inlaid with silver…

9th-10th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, 17,8 cm, halo, conical hair, incisions on cuffs, Christie's

and there is an incised foliate pattern on the lower hem of his garment.

9th-10th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, at the Rijks Museum (Netherlands).

9th-10th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

This fine example comes complete with mandorla, halo, and plain plinth under the lotus.

Same as before, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Same as before, at the British Museum in London (UK).

In the Kashmir region the lotus pedestal usually rests on a plinth with a narrower central part.

10th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

10th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

The above is decorated with lions and a yaksha. There is a stupa and banners at the top of the halo.

10th century circa, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

10th century circa, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This variant shows him doing the varada mudra with his right hand. His eyes are inlaid with silver, his lips with copper. He stands on a lotus with rounded (rather than the standard) pointed petals.

10th-11th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

10th-11th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This buddha has traces of cold gold on his face and neck.

 

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