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Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Date:
10th century
Culture:
India (Himachal Pradesh)
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 in. (15 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.555.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
The Buddhist embodiment of transcendent wisdom wields a sword in one hand and a manuscript in the other, evoking the cutting away of ignorance and the transmission of enlightenment wisdom, respectively. The crown is distinctly Kashmiri in style, but the rendering of the figure suggests that the work was produced elsewhere, likely in neighboring Himachal Pradesh.
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