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.