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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on palm leaf
Overall: 5.7 x 54.6 cm (2 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)
On Loan from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 16.2014.24.b
This Buddha removes fear, a major obstacle to enlightenment.
The form and color of this Cosmic Buddha corresponds to that of the six-armed goddess Mahamayuri, opposite whom he has been painted in this manuscript. This bejeweled, three-headed, six-armed form of Amoghasiddhi is seated in a meditative posture with his two lowest arms crossed in the vajra (thunderbolt) position, indicating the lightning speed with which one can reach enlightenment when impediments are swiftly destroyed, as by the sword he wields in his upper right hand.
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