Tibet, Amoghasiddhi – bodhisattva appearance (3)

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This remarkable Indian-style sculpture depicts Amoghasiddhi, recognizable through his hand gestures, seated on a single lotus with plump petals, dressed in princely attire, his tall chignon topped with a finial, and adorned with a (broken?) crown with rosettes on each side, incised with a geometrical pattern that matches the hem of his dhoti. Long strands of curls fall over his shoulders.

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He has silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid nails.

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a wheel of dharma (dharmacakra) is embossed on each of his palms and soles.

14th century, labelled Western Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

14th century, labelled Western Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy and cold gold on the face, private collection, photo by Koller.

The serrated halo, the sash worn tightly across the chest, the hourglass waist and the lotus base with staggered rows of broad flat petals are reminiscent of the (much earlier) Nepalese Thakuri style. The tripartite pointed crown and the large floral earrings are typical of Western Tibet.

15th century, Tibet, Tsang district, Amoghasiddhi, brass, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

15th century, Tibet, Tsang district, Amoghasiddhi, brass, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (USA).

 

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