Tibet, a 16th c. Chinese-style Amitabha

Himalayan Buddhist Art - Art Bouddhiste de l'Himalaya

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16th century, Tibet, buddha Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, private collection. 16th century, Tibet, buddha Amitabha, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

Apart from the rather stern facial features and very round face and short neck which are not typical of Tibetan works, this buddha is wearing a robe that covers both shoulders very loosely, the deep folds go across the chest and end up in swirls over his knees. The edges of the garment are very thick, the fabric is gathered in thick pleats under his breast. The looseness of the garment and abundance of pleating indicate a Chinese influence. The begging bowl is missing from his cupped hands.

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