Interior of a Book Cover: Manjuvajra Embracing His Consort, with Attendant Lamas
- late 13th century
- Distemper on wood
- 16 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (42.5 x 14.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Louis V. Bell Fund, 1998
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Paintings on the interiors of book covers consecrate and protect the sacred texts within. The Buddhist deity Manjuvajra is an esoteric expression of the wisdom bodhisattva Manjushri and is seen here in a sexual embrace with one of the wisdom goddesses, or Vidyadharas. Here, Manjushri and his consort wield identical weapons to drive away impediments to spiritual awakening. Meditations on Manjuvajra are understood to specifically enhance memory and intelligence, necessary tools on the path to wisdom.