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Amoghasiddhi, the Transcendent Buddha of the North

late 10th–early 11th century
Western Tibet
Silver and bronze with copper inlay and traces of gold foil
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1984
Accession Number:
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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