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Amoghasiddhi, the Transcendent Buddha of the North

Date:
late 10th–early 11th century
Culture:
Western Tibet
Medium:
Silver and bronze with copper inlay and traces of gold foil
Dimensions:
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.211
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
Amoghasiddhi is one of the five Transcendent Buddhas of Esoteric Buddhism. He displays a four-pronged visvavajra, or thunderbolt emblem, signifying the lightning speed of enlightenment offered by the esoteric path. Garuda, his traditional mount, kneels beneath the architectural throne support. Stylistically, this icon has clear debts to the greater Kashmiri world but was likely produced in western Tibet.
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