Amoghasiddhi, the Transcendent Buddha of the North

Date: late 10th–early 11th century

Culture: Western Tibet

Medium: Silver and bronze with copper inlay and traces of gold foil

Dimensions: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.211


Amoghasiddhi is one of the five Transcendent Buddhas of Esoteric Buddhism. He displays a four-pronged visvavajra, or thunderbolt emblem, signifying the lightning speed of enlightenment offered by the esoteric path. Garuda, his traditional mount, kneels beneath the architectural throne support. Stylistically, this icon has clear debts to the greater Kashmiri world but was likely produced in western Tibet.