Tibet, Akshobhya – buddha appearance (5)

15th century, Tibet, Askhobhya, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Askhobhya, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The upright vajra sceptre in his left hand identifies this buddha as Akshobhya.

Same as before, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Same as before, copper with traces of gilding, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Koller.

16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, bronze, private collection, photo by Koller.

Same as before, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

Same as before, traces of gilding, turquoise inlay, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

Very often, the vajra sceptre is placed on the lotus base, before him.

15th-16th century, Tibet, brass, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, brass, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

It is very rarely on the rim of the lotus base, as above. This buddha has two symbols embossed on the sole of his feet, we must assume that they are not dharma wheels or else this would be Shakyamuni.

Late 16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

Late 16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel.

Sometimes, the vajra sceptre is so small and flat that you can barely see it at the front of the base, between the beading and the folds of the garment.

 

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