A standard image of the historical buddha, seated on a Pala-style lotus base, holding a piece of his garment in his left hand, held in the meditation gesture, while calling Earth to witness with the other.
This buddha is seated on a lower lotus base with two rows of plump petals typical of Tibet. The hem of his sanghati is inlaid with copper and decorated with an incised pattern. His face is painted with cold gold and pigments, his hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder.
This one wears a striped sanghati covering the whole arm, one end pleated in a more or less straight line over the shoulder.
His chignon topped with a lotus bud finial, a turquoise-inlaid urna on his forehead, Shakyamuni wears a plain robe with a copper-inlaid hem, no piece resting on the left shoulder.
13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.
Derived from the Pala-style, this type of Tibetan lotus base is not quite as tall as the Indian prototype, the petals are rounder and fuller, with an upturned tip. The above has a tall, tapered lower part with a beaded rim.