Tibet, Shakyamuni – seated (4)

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

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

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.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

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.

Same as before.

Same as before.

This one wears a striped sanghati covering the whole arm, one end pleated in a more or less straight line over the shoulder.

Same as before, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigment, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigment, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

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.

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.

Undated, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with copper inlay and pigments, at a Stockholm museum in Sweden.

Undated (13th century circa), Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with copper inlay and pigments, at the Varlds Kultur Museet in Gothenburg(Sweden).

 

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