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Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom

12th century
Brass with traces of gilding and color
H. 10 1/4 in. (26.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Stoll, 1983
Accession Number:
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.
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