Tibet, Amoghasiddhi – buddha appearance (2)

12th-13th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Amoghasiddhi, in his buddha appearance, is seated in the vajra position, his right hand held in the fear-allaying gesture, the other in meditation.

His particularly tall chignon is topped with a lotus bud finial, he has copper inlaid lips and hem, silver inlaid eyes.

18th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

18th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

In Tibet, his right hand often does the vitarka mudra (thumb and forefinger pressed together). The fear-allaying gesture (above) is more common in Nepal and India, where he may also have both hands in the meditation gesture. Same as before, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

Same as before, gilt copper alloy, same as before.Traditionally, he holds a visvajra in his left hand (usually missing from sculptures).

 

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