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Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

Date:
12th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Brass with traces of gilding and color
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/4 in. (26.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stoll, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.554.2
Not on view
Manjushri and his counterpart, Prajnaparamita, the wisdom goddess, are understood as personifications of awakened knowledge. Both display the palm-leaf manuscript (pustaka) as their principal identifier. Manjushri wields a sword, symbolizing the cutting away of all impediments to enlightenment. Here the blade is missing, but the hilt is visible in the projecting hand.
Dayton Art Institute. "Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th–12th c.) and its International Policy," November 11, 1989–January 14, 1990.

Baltimore. Walters Art Museum. "Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th–12th c.) and its International Policy," February 17, 1990–April 15, 1990.

Newark Museum. "Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th–12th c.) and its International Policy," May 19, 1990–August 26, 1990.

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. "Leaves from the Bodhi Tree: The Art of Pala India (8th–12th c.) and its International Policy," October 9, 1990–December 2, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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