Kashmir, standing buddhas (3)

9th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Polyauction.

9th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Polyauction.

The historical buddha, with a large head and big nose, short torso and exaggeratedly long legs, stands on a double lotus base with ‘artichoke leaves’ over a small plinth. The edges of his finely pleated robe form an elegant zigzag. He has copper-inlaid lips and silver-inlaid eyes.

9th-10th century, Kashmir or Western Himalayas, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

9th-10th century, Kashmir or Western Himalayas, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

This buddha, also with long legs and a big nose, stands on a lotus with a single row of petals split in the middle like hooves, a design associated with  Himachal Pradesh (10th century circa). There is a stupa at the top of the flaming halo.

11th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass with silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips, private collection, published by Dr Ajay Kumar Singh.

11th century, Kashmir, Shakyamuni, brass with silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips, private collection, published by Dr Ajay Kumar Singh.

This fine work has two unusual features: instead of his usual curls, the buddha has straight hair, and the folds at the front of his robe are V-shaped (rather than U-shaped).

 

 

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