To finish the year, here is a very special one! (See also the other blog “beautiful objects from Tibet”.)
Tibetan metal sculptures of Shakyamuni standing are few, and those of him with a crown even less common. This rare Kashmiri-style work depicts him standing on a lotus over a stepped plinth, adorned with a tripartite foliate crown, earrings and a necklace, and wearing a V-neck robe with a beaded hem. His right hand does the fear-allaying gesture while the other holds a piece of his garment.