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Shrine of the 2nd Celestial Buddha, Akshobya: on the eastern side of the base of the Temple of Adi Buddha at Sambhunath. April 1854

Shrine of the 2nd Celestial Buddha, Akshobya: on the eastern side of the base of the Temple of Adi Buddha at Sambhunath. April 1854

Artist: Oldfield, Henry Ambrose (1822-1871)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1854

Shelfmark: WD3295

Item number: 3295

Length: 233

Width: 178

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the shrine of the 2nd Celestial Buddha, Akshobya, at Swayambhunath in Nepal, by Henry Ambrose Oldfield (1822-1871), dated April 1854. The image is inscribed on the reverse: 'Shrine of the 2nd Celestial Buddha, Akshobya: on the eastern side of the base of the Temple of Adi Buddha at Sambhunath. April 1854', together with notes.

Dr Oldfield, who was Residency Surgeon at Kathmandu from 1850-1863, wrote in Volume II of his 'Sketches from Nipal, Historical and Descriptive...' (1880): "Round the base of the hemisphere or mound of the temple and built partly into its plinth, opposite the four cardinal points, are five large shrines, covered with copper-gilt, and each of which contains a gilt image, rather larger than life size, of one of the divine Buddhas...Above each shrine is a gilt toran...on which is represented in relief a figure of Garura standing upon a pair of nagkunyas, or mermaids, each of which is supported upon the coils of the tail of a grotesque sea-dragon."

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