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Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure - PH.0168
Origin: Tibet
Circa: 1800 BC to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 24" (61.0cm) high
Collection: Asian
Style: Tibetan

Location: Great Britain
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The country of Tibet is located in an area 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 is clearly a Buddhist figure, but does not represent the Buddha as the figure depicted is adorned in ornate jewelry, which is not included in the Buddha’s iconography. This figure is performing a mudra, or hand gesture, which alludes to the Wheel of the Law, or the Dharmachakra. The Dharmachakra can most generally represent the Buddha’s teachings. - (PH.0168)


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