Tibet, Amoghasiddhi – bodhisattva appearance (2)

13th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, bronze with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

13th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, bronze with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Amoghasiddhi normally holds his right hand in the fear-allaying gesture, as above, or in the vitarka mudra (see further down). The other hand is held in the meditation gesture.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and turquoise, private collection, photo by Koller.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and turquoise, private collection, photo by Koller.

The shape of the celestial scarf forming a frame around him is typical of the 13th and 14th century (Tibet).

13th-14th century, Tibet, copper alloy with turquoise and pigments, private collection, published on boranasianart,com

13th-14th century, Tibet, copper alloy with turquoise and pigments, private collection, published on boranasianart,com

The panels of his tall five-leaf crown are linked with rods to prevent breakage.

14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, bronze with cold gold and turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, bronze with cold gold and stones, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this example and the next, the right hand is held in the gesture of debate/teaching. The face is painted with cold gold and the jewellery and crown inlaid with a few large turquoise cabochons.

14th-15th century, same as before, photo by Bonhams.

14th-15th century, same as before, photo by Bonhams.

He normally holds a visvajra (double thunderbolt sceptre) in his cupped left hand but the attribute is often missing. On this richly gilt Nepalese-style work the turquoise cabochons are small and numerous.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

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