Tibet, Shakyamuni – unusual works (4)

12th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published by Dorotheum.

12th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy, private collection, published by Dorotheum.

This slender buddha with a big head and broad face is seated, slightly at a slant, on a (Nepalese) Thakuri-style lotus base. There is a thin piece of cloth across his chest worn like a sash.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This is a singular lotus base, with scrolled vegetation and what has been interpreted as a lion’s head (but it could be Kirtimukha, who always has vegetation coming out of his mouth) over a red background.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This harmonious sculpture depicts the historical buddha with a big round chignon and elongated earlobes that reach shoulder level, seated on a cushion, on a Pala-style lotus base with snail-like petals and very large beading on the lower rim. The whole composition forms a triangular outline when seen from the front. The gap between the left arm and the torso adds to the elegance of the piece.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with copper inlay, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, brass with copper inlay, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before.

Same as before.

A similar style, with a typical Tibetan apple-like petal design,  and the addition of a cloth/small rug over the seat. On the second example, the cushion is embroidered.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

This tall buddha with long arms holds a piece of his robe in his left hand and presses the base with his (right) middle finger,  calling Earth to witness. He is seated at a slant, on a tall tapered Pala-style base with thick beading at the top and thin beading in the middle of the lower rim, dressed in plain garments, the lower part of the dhoti showing below the hem of the sanghati at calf level. There is no fishtail-shaped cloth over the left shoulder.

14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

First half of the 14th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The large size of this buddha’s head is probably due to the fact that in the Lhasa area heads seem to have often been cast separately, but the shape is also unusual for Tibet and Ulrich von Schroeder suggests a Burmese influence.

 

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