Tibet, Amoghasiddhi – buddha appearance

16th c., Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt c.a., photo by Koller.

16th c., Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

Tibetan sculptures of Amoghasiddhi depicted as a buddha (monastic robe, no jewellery or crown) are relatively few.

Undated, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, brass and pigment, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, brass and pigment, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

He normally holds his left hand  in his lap in the meditation mudra  and his right hand at heart level in the fear-allaying gesture or abhaya mudra, as on the rare sculpture above which depicts him with a flaming ushnisha reminiscent of South-Indian buddhas.

Undated (possibly 14th c.), Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (possibly 14th c.), Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy and pigment, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, at Musée Guimet (Paris).

16th-17th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, at Musée Guimet (Paris).

But a number of Tibetan sculptures of this dhyani buddha show him with his right hand in the vitarka mudra or teaching gesture (instead of having all five fingers extended palm outwards,  the index and the thumb are touching).

17th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, parcel gilt bronze, at the Philadelphia Museum.

17th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, parcel gilt bronze, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

On this Chinese-style work, the inner part of the robe is gathered in vertical pleats against the chest.

 

 

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