Circa 14th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, copper alloy with cold gold, turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.
Amoghasiddhi is the dhyani buddha whose right hand does the teaching gesture (tip of the forefinger pressed on the tip of the thumb) as above, or the fear-allaying gesture, as below.
15th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, bronze (copper alloy) with copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
These Pala-inspired figures on a tall double-lotus base with plump apple-like petals correspond to a group of Tibetan brass sculptures thought to have been produced between the 13th and 15th century and often attributed to Western Tibet (rightly or wrongly).
Amoghasiddhi’s tall chignon is topped with a triple gem (triratna) finial. His scarf acts as a frame around him and is incised with a stippled lotus motif.
Undated (13th-14th c?), Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.
We have seen at least two examples of Amoghasiddhi sculptures with a similar ‘gushing light’ design in the headdress, both dated 13th-14th century, signalling the sambhogakaya form of the deity.
Undated, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, wood, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).
A wooden sculpture of Amoghasiddhi with a key-hole aperture on the mandorla, the latter decorated with scrolling vine in the manner of the Densatil style.
18th century, Tibet, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.