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Amoghasiddhi, the Buddha of Unfailing Success, Patan Museum, Nepal by John Spies
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Amoghasiddhi, the Buddha of Unfailing Success, Patan Museum, Nepal by 


Tibet, 17-18th Century
The following description is written by Mary Slusser on the Patan Museum website, collection highlights.
‘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 (on the wall behind). 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.
Canon 5DMKll
Canon 24-105 L lens @40mm
ISO 1600
f/6.3
1/25 sec
Lens hood pressed against the glass case
The ‘Unfailing Success’ kicks in when you hang this image on your office wall…..

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit cavelodge.com). I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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