Tibet, Shakyamuni – seated (3)

11th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

11th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This buddha, with fleshy fingers and toes, wears a transparent garment which covers one shoulder only – and no piece of cloth folded over it. The arms are placed in such a way that, seen from the front, the sculpture has a triangular shape.

11th-12th century, Tibet or Nepal, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with pigment, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

11th-12th century, Tibet or Nepal, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with pigment, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

Again, a plain sanghati with no extremity resting on the left shoulder.

12th century, Tibet, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, palms and soles, traces of copper on lips, cold gold on neck, red pigment on robe and base, at the British Museum in London (UK).

12th century, Tibet, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, urna, palms and soles, traces of copper on lips, cold gold on neck, red pigment on robe and base, at the British Museum in London (UK).

This buddha is seated on a Pala-style lotus base. The waist of his undergarment shows through his transparent robe, below a punched navel. One end of the sanghati is placed over the left shoulder.

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this sculpture, the robe has a broad hem and across the left forearm, two features which are unusual for this period but quite common on later Tibetan works.

Same as before.

Same as before.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was at in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was at in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This type of lotus base with fat apple-like petals is often associated (rightly or wrongly) with Western Tibet. There is a small vajra sceptre in front of the buddha.

Same as before, with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Not long ago, we saw a very similar copper sculpture of a buddha with no vajra sceptre in front of him, labelled Akshobhya. This one is made of brass, he has silver-inlaid eyes and urna, copper-inlaid lips and hem.

 

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