Tibet, a buddha set

11th century, Tibet, 5 buddhas, brass with cold gold and indigo, is or was at the Lima Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century, Tibet, 5 buddhas, brass with cold gold and indigo, is or was at the Lima Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This is a Kashmir-style set of the five dhyani buddhas, from left to right: Ratnasambhava, Akshobhya, Vairocana, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi. Ratnasambhava is seated on a lotus supported by horses, he holds one end of his sanghati in his hands as Shakyamuni often does, Akshobhya does the same and he is seated on a lotus supported by elephants. Vairocana wears a crown with rosettes, large floral earrings, a sacred cord, possibly a garland, long strands of hair fall over his shoulders, he is seated on a lotus supported by lions. Amitabha wears a V-neck robe that covers both shoulders and is seated on a lotus supported by peacocks, Amoghasiddhi’s seat is supported by garudas. The faces are painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair is thought to be dyed with indigo.

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