A gilt copper repoussé figure of Dipankara Buddha
Nepal, circa 17th century
Inset stones, wood and polychrome; his beautifully rendered face with crisply delineated features with downcast eyes beneath arched brows, surmounted by a separately modeled crown inset with various hardstones. His right hand is raised in the gesture of reassurance (abhaya mudra) and his left is in the gesture of teaching (vitarka mudra). He stands on a lotus base wearing a long flared robe, backed by a double-arched aureole with iron armature.
31 in. (78.7 cm.)