Kashmir, standing buddhas (2)

10th-11th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, bronze, at the British Museum in London (UK).

10th-11th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, bronze, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Standing on a single lotus over a small base, the historical buddha displays the fear-allaying gesture with his right hand and holds his robe with the other. Unlike earlier Kashmiri buddhas, he has thin straight legs with no knee caps, a feature which contrasts with the elaborate serrated flame design on the halo and mandorla, inspired from the Bihar region (India).

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

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

On this equally basic sculpture, the buddha’s eyes, his right hand and the piece of cloth in his left hand are noticeably oversized.

Same as before, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

Same as before, copper alloy, at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City (USA).

This is quite a different style, with an athletic body and stance inspired from the Indian Gupta style .

10th-11th c., Kashmir, Shakyamuni, bronze+sil. inlay, Nelson atkins, chest+collar

The soft pleating on one side only of his robe’s collar is unusual.

11th-12th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

11th-12th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Sometimes, the folds at the front of the buddha’s robe are U-shaped (marked all the way up to the collar).

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