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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1981,1109.1

  • Description

    A seated figure of the Dhyanibuddha Akshobhya, made in bronze with silver and copper inlay and a red stone set in the usnisa.

  • Date

    • 12thC-13thC
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Zwalf 1985

    One of the earliest distinctive Tibetan bronzes, this monumental figure represents a development of the eastern Indian tradition. It recalls Kurkihār bronzes and painting from Karakhoto, probably a Tibetan adaptation from the lost eastern Indian tradition of cloth painting. Akṣobhya was a preferred principal deity in eastern India during the second evangelisation of Tibet. On the back of the image are the three Tibetan syllables for body, speech and mind, and the Buddhist creed in Sanskrit in a curious form of Indian character. A tenon projects below the shallow double lotus base indicating another plinth.

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  • Bibliography

    • Zwalf 1985 183 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1981

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1981,1109.1


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