Tibet, Shakyamuni – with vajra sceptre

 

12th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

When the historical buddha is depicted with his left hand in the meditation gesture and his right hand ‘calling Earth to witness’ he looks the same as Akshobhya if there is a vajra sceptre in front of him (unless we can clearly see wheels of dharma on the sole of his feet and the palm of his left hand).

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection.

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection.

Sometimes, the vajra is rather big compared with the rest of the sculpture.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On other occasions, only half of it is cast and it looks rather flat. The above figure has silver-inlaid eyes and urna, cold gold on his face and neck, his nails and the beading on the hem of his sanghati are made of copper.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

The vajra sceptre may be on the upper rim of the lotus pedestal. We can see that the above has a dharmacakra on the sole of his right foot, which identifies him as Shakyamuni.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigment, private collection.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigment, Nyingjei Lam collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

 

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