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Tibetan Gilt Figure - PH.0166
Origin: Tbet
Circa: 17 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD

Collection: Asian
Style: Tibetan

Location: Great Britain
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The country of Tibet is located in an area situated between India and China. Although many art forms have emerged from this country, their gilt bronze figures are some of the most valuable. Tibet became a Buddhist country after being introduced to the religion by India around the 7th century CE. Inherently, most of the art from Tibet is religious in nature—with a plethora of images of the Buddha and associated figures. In this case, this statue appears to resemble the Buddha, although it does not contain an ushnisha or cranial protuberance, which is part of the Buddha’s iconography. It is possible that this is simply a Buddhist figure such as a monk. This Buddhist figure wears a long robe and sits atop an uniquely adorned throne. - (PH.0166)


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