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, 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.
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).