Buddha Amoghasiddhi with Eight Bodhisattvas
Distemper on cloth
27 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. (68.9 x 54 cm)
Purchase, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Philanthropic Fund Gift, 1991
Amoghasiddhi is one of the five Transcendent Buddhas who preside over the heavens of the cardinal directions, his realm being the north. In this context he is identifiable by his green color. The five taras below are likely the consorts of this cosmic group; the green one relates specifically to the central deity. Amoghasiddhi, who sits on a lotus throne surrounded by bodhisattvas, holds his right hand in abhaya mudra, a gesture that extends protection to devotees. The style of this tangka is indebted to eastern Indian painting traditions of the Pala period, as reflected in the dominant central figure and numerous descriptive details. The pointed crowns of the bodhisattvas relate this image to the wall paintings of Drathang monastery.
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