This powerful and iconic bronze depicting Shakyamuni Buddha in the earth-touching gesture or bhumisparsha mudra recalls the moment of his Enlightenment, in which he called upon the earth as his witness. The Nepalese influence is strongly demonstrated in the wide forehead with straight hairline, the gilt domed ushnisha, inlaid urna, the short neck, the broad and muscular shoulders with torso narrowing to a defined waist.
Compare the elegant hem, drape and twist of the Buddha’s sanghati along the upper arm and body with left shoulder exposed, with fourteenth century bronzes from the Nepalese school in Tibet, see. U. von Schroeder, Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet, Vol. II, p. 962—3, figs. 231A and 231C. The pedestal style with strings of large spherical pearls running above and below the full and rounded lotus petals with a complex and elegant flourish at their tips confirms the fourteenth century attribution.
Himalayan Art Resources item no. 12930
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