Tibet, Akshobhya – bodhisattva appearance (5)

14th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

14th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Seated on a double-lotus base with plump petals usually associated with Western Tibet, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the other in the gesture of meditation, Akshobhya wears foliate and beaded jewellery and a matching finial on his tall chignon, a large five-leaf crown (the panels secured by rods) with rosettes and flowing ribbons.

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The rim of his crown, the ribbons, his scarf and one of his necklaces are decorated with an incised floral and geometrical pattern.

16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, polychrome wood, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Akshobhya, polychrome wood, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A rare wooden sculpture of the deity with a multicoloured crown, his long strands of hair dyed blue, a Chinese-style scarf with serpentine ends and ample dhoti decorated with a floral motif.

16th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

16th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

 

 

 

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