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Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237

The youthful Manjushri, referrred to as kumara, or "boyish", in his parent text, the Prajnaparamita, is seated on a waisted lotus throne, the base of which bears the female donor's simple inscription around three sides. Manjushri's handheld identifiers are thne wisdom book (pustaka), blue lotus, and rosary, and a fourth now-lost identifier—perhaps a second blue lotus or the sword. In affirmation of Manjushri's child nature, his hair at the back is in three long braids, and he wears a tiger-claw pendant (vyaghra-nakha), which was favored by parents as a protective talisman for children.

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom, Copper alloy with silver inlay, Kashmir

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