Tibet, Shakyamuni – with vajra sceptre (3)

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Seated in the most usual way, a vajra placed before him,  Shakyamuni wears a robe with an incised border, part of his inner garment showing below the right breast.

16th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

16th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

The embossed wheel of dharma on the sole of his right foot, distinguishes him from Akshobhya.

Same as before, labelled Akshobhya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

Same as before, labelled Akshobhya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The iconography can be the same, but in this case the fact that he holds a piece of his robe in his left hand points to Shakyamuni. There are traces of cold gold on his face and lapis lazuli powder in his hair.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Speelman.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Speelman.

On this example, the vajra looks particularly diminutive due to the elongated torso typical of the 17th century.

17th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

17th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

This buddha wears a patched robe with beaded seams and an incised border with a rice-grain pattern, over plain undergarments with a beaded hem. There is a wheel of dharma embossed on the soles of his feet.

18th century (or earlier?), Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published on buddhacollectors.com.

18th century (or earlier?), Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published on buddhacollectors.com.

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