Tibet, Amoghasiddhi – bodhisattva appearance

11th century circa, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper.

11th century circa, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper, private collection.

This Thakuri-style sculpture, possibly made by a Nepalese artist, shows  Amoghasiddhi in bodhisattva attire with a broad sash across his chest and a tall mitre-like crown. He holds his right hand in the fear-allaying gesture (abhaya mudra). We will notice the three-teeth pendant, often seen on sculptures of Manjushri.

13th century circa, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, brass, is or was at the Jokhang in Lassa, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century circa, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, brass, is or was at the Jokhang in Lassa, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The right hand may be held closer to the heart and the fingers slightly bent, as on the above statue. The tall chignon, five-leaf crown with tall panels linked with wire, upward-flying ribbons,  thin celestial scarf used as a frame, Indian-style jewellery, tall Pala-style double-lotus base with apple-shaped petals and no beading at the bottom all point to Western Tibet.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, photo by Bonhams.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, photo by Bonhams.

The left hand is always placed in his lap in the meditation gesture or dhyana mudra.

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