Tibet, crowned Shakyamuni – seated (4)

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper and gems, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper and gems, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

A Nepalese-style buddha with broad shoulders, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the other in the meditation gesture, his garment decorated with an incised hem. His crown is inlaid with stones and has small rosettes and long soft bows cascading over his shoulders.

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy with turquoise, coral and crystal inlay, published on bumpercollection.org.

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy with turquoise, coral and crystal inlay, published on bumpercollection.org.

On this example, the hem of his inner and outer garments is also incised with a geometrical pattern and the fishtail end of the robe that rests over the left shoulder is inlaid with tiny stones …

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like the ribbons of his crown. The small raised urna on his forehead is inlaid with turquoise.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt metal, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt metal, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

If this is indeed the historical buddha, the sculpture is strange as he is adorned with earrings and floral armbands (in Tibet, crowned buddhas don’t normally wear them), has long strands of hair over his shoulders, and seems to be wearing a sash across his chest rather than a sanghati. 

 

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