Mongolia, Amoghasiddhi

Late 17th century, Mongolia, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, at the Zanabazar Museum (Mongolia) published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Late 17th century, Mongolia, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, by Zanabazar, at the Zanabazar Museum (Mongolia) published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Amoghasiddhi in his bodhisattva appearance, adorned with crown and jewellery, seated in the vajra position, both hands in the dharmacakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma gesture), a large raised urna on his forehead, his facial features painted with pigments in a realistic manner, displays the typical Mongolian body proportions and harmonious shape (broad round shoulders, thin waist, tall V-shape torso, realistic limbs).

18th century, Mongolia, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy and pigment, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Mongolia, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy and pigment, photo by Christie’s.

This is Amoghasiddhi in his buddha appearance. The sculpture is labelled ‘Mongolia’ but the shape of the lotus base recalls some 15th century Nepalese sculptures and the facial features and body proportions are reminiscent of Tibetan works. It may be a labelling error, or the item may have been acquired in Mongolia, or it may be have been made there by a Tibetan artist. At any rate, it isn’t representative of 18th century Mongolian works – something you will have noticed if you have been following the last few posts 😉

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