Tibet, Shakyamuni – with vajra sceptre (2)

14th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Siddharta Gautama, also known as Shakyamuni, is seated in the vajra position, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the other held in the gesture of meditation, dressed in a striped sanghati with a copper-inlaid hem, a tiny vajra sceptre placed before him.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Christie's.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The size of the vajra sceptre is not proportional to the rest of the sculpture but sometimes looks just the right size compared with the hands.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigment, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigment, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The vajra on this pedestal is rather small. There are traces of cold gold on the face and neck of the buddha. It is unusual for his robe to go across the chest in a straight line.

Same as before, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

 

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