15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Nagel.
The iconography is the same as for Akshobhya in his buddha appearance: the left hand cupped in meditation, the right hand touching the ground (calling Earth to witness his enlightenment). A vajra sceptre is placed before him on the lotus base.
The above wears a patched robe with silver-inlaid seams.
The back of the robe has been given the same finish and the row of petals continue at the back of the base.
The size of the vajra sceptre varies a lot.
Sometimes only the upper half of the attribute is showing.
This buddha has painted facial features and blue pigment in his hair, the hem of his sanghati is decorated with a geometrical pattern.
The vajra sceptre here is very small yet noticeable because the lower end of the buddha’s robe is not spread over the base.
Occasionally a thin piece of the inner garment can be seen but it is unusual for it to be incised, in this case with a fine grain pattern which contrasts with the double row of thick beading on the outer robe. The vajra is placed quite close to his feet and almost merges with the fabric.
On this silver sculpture the vajra is placed on the rim of the lotus base. The hem of his sanghati is decorated with a stippled and incised geometrical pattern between two rows of beading.