14th century (1300-1350), Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.
An athletic Gupta-style figure with marked pectorals and particularly long arms, previous dated 1200-1250 by the same auction house, holding a piece of his transparent robe in his left hand, his hair dyed with black pigment and topped with a small golden lotus bud finial.
14th-15th century, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Shakyamuni, copper repoussé with stone inlay, is or was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).
This Nepalese-style buddha with rosettes over his ears wears a Chinese silk garment draped loosely over the left arm and decorated with an incised border. Although seen on earlier works, the piece of cloth half way down the left arm is a feature that became popular during the Malla period (from the 13th century onwards).
Circa 15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.
Here, the buddha is seated on a double-lotus base under the arch of a very ornate prabhamandala so typical of Nepal, depicting two kinnaras supported by large lotuses, surrounded by scrolling vegetation and an outer row of flames. His sanghati is tightly drawn across his chest and decorated with an incised hem, a piece of the garment forming ‘swallow tail’ pleats over his left shoulder.
Circa 15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
Quite a different style, with spiky hair curls, a squarish face and generous lips, the silk robe loosely gathered and covering slightly the right shoulder in the Chinese fashion, its hem incised with a rice grain pattern and the rim of the base engraved with a foliate motif, both typical of Nepalese art.
Early 15th century (1409), Nepal, labelled ‘Shakyamuni or Akshobhya’, at the Kva Baha temple in Patan (Nepal), photo from the Huntington Archive.
Unlike the Amitayus from the same temple published in a recent post, this buddha has an oval face with heavy eyelids and almost no chin. His inner garment shows under his breast and the cloth over the shoulder form a singular zigzag pattern.
15th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
From the 15th century onwards, the influence from Chinese imperial workshops is very noticeable in Nepal and Tibet. On this example, the face is plump, with a double chin, the robe is made of soft silk, loosely gathered over the ankles and covering part of the brocaded cushion on which the buddha is seated, the hem is broad and decorated with an elegant floral pattern.
Ian Alsop published this photo to report the theft of this fairly large (45 cm tall) and very special statue of the historical buddha, with an effigy of Machig Labdron on his chest and a vajra sceptre before him on the lotus base.