Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom
India (Himachal Pradesh)
H. 6 7/8 in. (15 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 1983
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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