Early Tibetan sculptures of the historical buddha usually depict him with a robe that covers both arms. In this case, the right shoulder is covered but the right arm is bare. He wears a transparent sanghati pleated at the bottom and with a rice grain decoration on the hem. Following the norm, he holds a piece of his robe in his left hand; the right hand does the gesture of supreme generosity.
Very much in the Kashmiri style but with larger hands, longer legs, and a relatively small head, with the chignon barely visible against the small flaming nimbus.
This early work depicts Shakyamuni in a long garment made of strips of cloth with a floral print, his right hand in the gesture of debate, the surrounding arch decorated with incisions and a stippled lotus pattern that matches his robe. The buddha’s hair is tied in a soft bun topped with a large lotus bud.
14th-15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, bronze with silver inlay, cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo on Nagel
A rare sculpture of a buddha whose robe, which covers both arms, is richly decorated with a silver-inlaid floral and foliate pattern. All his skin is painted with cold gold, some of it has worn off after centuries of devotion.
Circa 18th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Nagel.
Shakyamuni preaching, his lower garment showing through the diaphanous robe that covers one shoulder only.
18th-19th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, ivory, private collection, photo by Waddingtons, Asian Art 30th November-5th December 2019, lot 176.