Amoghasiddhi, the Transcendent Buddha of the North

Western Tibet

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.

Amoghasiddhi, the Transcendent Buddha of the North, Silver and bronze with copper inlay and traces of gold foil, Western Tibet

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