9. Amoghasiddhi, the Buddha of Unfailing Success |
Copper, cold gold, turquoise
Object 456, (gallery E, case3, E-13)
Amoghasiddhi, one of the Five Transcendent Buddhas wears a magnificent turquoise-studded, five-crested crown, large earrings, and a richly bejewelled necklace. Typical of many Tibetan images, this Amoghasiddhi's face is painted with what is known as "cold gold," a gold-dust paste applied without benefit of firing. In accordance with Tibetan peaceful manifestations the god's hair is painted blue. As we see in this image, while in worship in some now unknown Tibetan monastery, the deity wore a charming cape. The pedestal of this image is packed with tightly wound paper rolls inscribed in Tibetan with Buddhist prayers, mantras, and magic syllables. One of the prayer rolls is written on birch bark, which suggests some antiquity. Also included is an apricot pit, some seeds and other sanctified talismans (see image 7).