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Bodhisattva, probably Manjushri (Wenshu 文殊普薩)

Tang dynasty (618–907)
8th–9th century
Gilt leaded bronze
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Accession Number:
Not on view
The heftiness of this bodhisattva's face and physique is characteristic of sculptures produced in China in the second half of the Tang dynasty, as are the figure's elaborate chignon and heavy jewelry. The text in the bodhisattva's right hand identifies the sculpture as a representation of Manjushri, the embodiment of spiritual wisdom.
Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York, 1985; donated to MMA
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