Amoghasiddhi, the Transcendent Buddha of the North
late 10th–early 11th century
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)
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1984
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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