Tibet, Shakyamuni – unusual works (2)

11th-12th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th-12th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Dressed in a striped sanghati, Shakyamuni is seated on a single lotus base with elongated petals going downwards, surrounded with a halo of flames with an inscription on the inner part, topped with a stupa.

13th century circa, Tibet or Nepal, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

13th century circa, Tibet or Nepal, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

A combination of Chinese and Tibetan features with a Nepalese-style aureole (with a crescent moon and sun disc symbol at the top) fastened to the head, on a Kashmiri-style plinth.

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This buddha is seated in a niche with makaras on each side of the arch, on a single lotus with heart-shaped petals, over a throne supported by three elephants.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, at the Seattle Art Museum (USA).

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, at the Seattle Art Museum (USA).

Shakyamuni’s robe is usually transparent enough for the navel and the waist of his dhoti to show through, yet most artists only show one breast. This elegant figure has well-delineated nails, fleshy toes and fingers, a large punched navel, and two large nipples. His sanghati covers his left forearm and elbow.

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

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

This buddha. with square facial features proper to Tibet, is adorned with rosettes above the ears and floral-bud earrings often seen on Khasa Malla works.

14th-15th century, Tibet or the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Ladakh, copper alloy, red lacquer, private collection, photo by Nagel.

14th-15th century, labelled Tibet or Ladakh, copper alloy, red lacquer, private collection, photo by Nagel.

The ear adornments and the base of this sculpture are also typical of Khasa Malla art (in Tibet and Nepal).

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The urna on his forehead was probably inlaid with turquoise. The border of his robe is richly decorated with an incised motif and thin beading.

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, cold gold, pigments, stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, cold gold, pigments, stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A buddha with a turquoise inlaid urna and matching pendant on the fishtail end of his robe, over the left shoulder.

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