Tibet, Shakyamuni – crowned and standing

To finish the year, here is a very special one! (See also the other blog “beautiful objects from Tibet”.)

 

12th century circa, Western Tibet, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century circa, Western Tibet, Shakyamuni, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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.

 

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