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Tracing the Reception and Adaptation of Foreign
esthetic elements in Tibetan sculpture

Fig. 14: 1664 Royal Reconsecration of Kashmiri Buddha:
Seated Buddha on Lion throne

8th –9th c.
gilt copper with pigment
height 47 cm.

The height of the Buddha statue as originally cast on its lion base is 47 cm, while the total height of the prabha added in ca. 1663-64 is 67 cm.(from ground to apex of the prabha). The seated Buddha himself measures 29 cm, gilt copper with pigment. Made to honor the memory of the Mustang Raja, A mgon bsam grub rab brtan.

The author has studied and translated the inscription as personal research in 2004.

Inscription on statue:
Om svasti/ rmad byung tshogs gnyis chu gter dbus su
'khrungs/ rnam dag byang chub spyod pa'i khams las grub//
'phags sras gser ri'i dbus na nyer mdzes pa// thub dbang rin
chen rdul brtsegs la phyag 'tshal// chos dpal chen 'am mgon
bsam 'grub rab brtan gyi thugs kyi dgongs pa yongsu rdzogs
par gyur zhing/ bdag nyi zla ma bu 'khor dang bcas pa la
mchog thun mong gi dngos grub ma lus pa brtsal du gsol// bzo
rig bal po bzo su dza 'dzo tri sogs dbang po ' grangs can kyis sgrubs// bkra shis//

Translation :
Om Svasti.

To honor the memory* of the glorious Ah mgon bSam grub rab brtan, in the hopes that Nyi Zla mother and child(ren) and all sentient beings may attain the superior and the mundane levels of spiritual realization, the Nepalese workmanship (i.e. the creation of the prabha) is the achievement of the master artist Su Dza dzo ti , the sculptor of infinite prowess.

May there be praise to Buddha who is most precious**, (he who is) the noble son in the center of the golden mountain of beautiful offerings, he who has totally perfected the practices leading to enlightment as the result of the karma of birth in the center of the ocean combining the two excellent conditions ( = wealth and religion, ie. Shakyamuni Buddha was born as prince Siddhartha and he had religious aspirations). May there be happiness!

Notes :
* literally, « to completely fulfill the intentions or spirituel aspiriations, » in analogy to the Buddha whose death was his mahaparinirvana. Thus this is an idiomatic expression, it means « to die ». so when an image is made in complete fulfillment of the person's desires, it means that it is an image made soon after the person's death, usually for the one year commemorative ceremony.

**literally, the mighty sage of precious particles all piled up together".

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