Tibet, Shakyamuni – unusual works (3)

12th-13th century, Central Tibet, copper alloy with pigments, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th-13th century, Central Tibet, copper alloy with pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This buddha’s sanghati is drawn high up across his chest. The piece that covers his left arm is up, as if blown by the wind. There is an inscription on the lower part of the lotus base, made of staggered rows of broad flat petals with upturned tips.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, copper alloy, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, copper alloy, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

Here, the robe has a large and finely pleated fishtail end with an embossed pattern at the centre, which repeats itself over his left arm. Bodily features such as the navel and breasts are not marked, making him immaterial. He has a broad forehead, a pronounced chin and thick eyebrows topped with a tear-shaped urna. Instead of being suspended in the air or touching the base with the middle finger, his right hand clasps his leg.

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, painted eyes, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, painted eyes, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This harmonious sculpture depicts him with his sanghati tightly drawn across the back and low down around the left arm. The showy fishtail over his left shoulder contrasts with the thin arms and slender body.

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, cold gold and pigments, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century circa, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, cold gold and pigments, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Apart from being oversized, probably because it was cast separately, the head one this one is reminiscent of  Thai and Burmese sculptures. His sanghati is loosely folded behind his left arm, the cloth over the left shoulder and under the ankles is gathered in thick pleats with lozenge-shaped peaks.

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

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

On the contrary, the above has an undersized head in comparison with the broad neck and shoulders and the sturdy limbs.

 

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