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Bodhisattva, probably Manjushri (Wenshu 文殊普薩)

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
8th–9th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt leaded bronze
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.214.142
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.
The Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)
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