Tibet, Askhobhya – buddha appearance (8)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya (labelled Amitabha), gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection, photo by James D. Julia.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya (labelled Amitabha), gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection, photo by James D. Julia.

The iconography is the same as for Shakyamuni (the historical buddha) but there are no wheels incised on the soles of his feet, so we know this is Akshobhya. His sanghati is decorated with a row of corse beading, his conical chignon is topped with a lotus bud finial.

17th century circa, Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

17th century circa, Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

This chubby buddha with long arms and broad shoulders wears a silk robe decorated with an incised border. There is a tiny vajra sceptre on top of the lotus base.

17th century, Tibet, Akshobhya (labelled Bhaisajyaguru), gilt copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

17th century, Tibet, Akshobhya (labelled Bhaisajyaguru), gilt copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Akshobhya holds a bowl in his left hand placed in the meditation gesture while the right hand calls Earth to witness.

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The above sits on a rectangular plinth with an embossed vajra sceptre (his distinctive attribute).

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The hem of his garment is made of raised copper with a thread of silver in the middle.

18th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on hayman-himalayanart.hk.

18th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on hayman-himalayanart.hk.

This one wears a patched robe with an incised border, there is a large vajra sceptre before him.

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