India, Post-Gupta buddhas

6th century circa, Northwest India, Shakyamuni, brass with pigments, is or was at the Potala in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

6th century circa, Northwest India, Shakyamuni, brass with pigments, is or was at the Potala in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The treatment of the body doesn’t vary much from the Gupta style but the pleating of the robe is more noticeable and abundant, and the lower part follows a different pattern.

Same as before

Same as before.

In both cases, Shakyamuni displays a symbol, likely to be a dharma wheel, in the palm of his right hand.

7th century circa, India, Shakyamuni, bronze, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

7th century circa, India, Shakyamuni, bronze, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

During the Gupta period, Shakyamuni nearly always wore a robe that covered both shoulders, and his face was more elongated. This buddha has a roundish face and his robe covers the left shoulder only.

8th century circa, India, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

8th century circa, India, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

This buddha has a rather stiff stance and disproportionate arms, he wears a diaphanous robe that covers both shoulders and reveals the wavy waistline of his undergarment.

7th-8th century, India, Bihar, bronze, at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK).

7th-8th century, India, Bihar, copper, at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (UK).

This larger than life (225 cm) copper sculpture was found at Sultanganj during the construction of a railway. Compared with the Gupta style, he has longer legs and a thicker waist, and his left wrist is at a right angle.

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