Tibet, Akshobhya – buddha appearance (7)

16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, brass with copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, brass with copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Seated in the vajra position, his hands in the dhyana (meditation) and bhumisparsha (calling Earth to witness) gestures, a small vajra sceptre placed in front of him,  Akshobhya wears a striped robe with a copper-inlaid hem incised with a geometrical pattern.

Same as before, silver alloy and blue pigment, private collection, published on asianart.com

Same as before, silver alloy and blue pigment, private collection, published on asianart.com

Few Tibetan sculptures are made of silver or silver alloy. This one depicts him with a transparent sanghati decorated with a beaded hem.

Same as before, gilt copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Same as before, gilt copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

When there is no vajra sceptre on the lotus base, the begging bowl in his left hand together with the absence of dharma wheels on the sole of his feet distinguish him from Shakyamuni.

Same as before, published by Hayman Himalayan Art.

Same as before, published by Hayman Himalayan Art.

We will notice how the above has both shoulders covered but half of the chest bare, and how the lower part of the robe is arranged under him like petals, two features typical of Chinese-style Tibetan sculptures from the 17th century circa.

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