Tibet, Shakyamuni – hem variants

14th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The richness and variety of Himalayan art applies to many parts of a sculpture, including the hem of a buddha’s garment(s). It may have two rows of thick flat beading.

Undated, (14th century?), Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass and pigment, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland), photo by Anne Lozes.

Undated, (14th century?), Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass and pigment, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland), photo by Anne Lozes.

Or a small row of geometrical incisions between plain piping.

14th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This robe has a broad hem with an incised and stippled geometrical motif between plain borders. The plain edge of the lower garment shows below, over the right ankle.

14th century circa, Western Tibet, Shakyamuni, bronze with copper inlay, private collection.

14th century circa, Western Tibet, Shakyamuni, bronze with copper inlay, private collection.

On early Tibetan works, the sanghati often has a copper-inlaid hem. This one only has copper on the upper part.

1350-1400, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

1350-1400, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The simplest hem consists in a small raised border to delimitate the outer and under garments.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, turquoise inlay, cold gold on face, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, turquoise inlay, cold gold on face, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This sanghati is decorated with an incised pattern that recalls the rice grain motif from Nepalese works, between two rows of beading. The vest and lower garment also have a beaded hem.

Same as before, bronze with copper beading, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

Same as before, bronze with copper beading, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

On this masterpiece, the hem of the outer garment comprises two rows of tiny copper beading while the inner garments have plain piping. This buddha has well defined snail-like haircurls, a striped robe softly pleated over his left shoulder and loosely gathered over his legs, the end gathered in a fan shape under his ankles.

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