Shakyamuni (or Akshobhya) Buddha

Historical period(s)
14th century
Medium
Copper alloy, copper and silver inlay, cold gold, and pigments
Dimensions
H x W x D: 21.5 × 14 × 9 cm (8 7/16 × 5 1/2 × 3 9/16 in)
Geography
Western or central Tibet
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2015.28.4
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
Akshobhya Buddha, Alice S. Kandell Collection, Buddhism, devotional figure, Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibet
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The historical Buddha Shakyamuni (sage of the Lion Clan) lived and taught in northern India from approximately 480 – 400 BCE.  Seated Shakyamuni images are characteristically represented with the left hand holding a begging bowl and the right hand lowered in the earth-touching gesture that signifies the moment of enlightenment.


By the fourteenth century, artisans in Western Tibet began to adopt elements of the more naturalistic idiom of Central Tibet. The naturalistic elements, which ultimately derive from Pala-period India, where Tibetans on pilgrimage and to study at the great Buddhist universities through the twelfth century, include the curled upper eyelids, sharp chin, and the softly modeled abdomen.

Published References
  • Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. I-8, 64-65.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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