Monju on a Lion

Shūsei Japanese

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Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom known as Monju in Japan, sits cross-legged on the back of his lion vehicle. Monju appears as a youth in flowing robes, his hair worn long and loose; one of his attributes, a scepter, is placed casually on the ground before him. Although it is a decidedly carefree interpretation, the iconography seen here is consistent with works by painters affiliated with the Zen monastery Tōfukuji in Kyoto.

Monju on a Lion, Shūsei (Japanese, active late 15th century), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

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