Bodhisattva of Wisdom (Manjushri),

Bodhisattva of Wisdom (Manjushri),

1400s

Gilded copper

Overall: 42.4 x 16.5 cm (16 11/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1956.8

Description

The youthful, princely form of Manjushri can be identified by the horizontal book on the lotus over his left shoulder. The book refers to the Buddhist teachings of ultimate knowledge (Prajnaparamita), and this bodhisattva is the male embodiment of the wisdom gained from understanding them. Manjushri is of special importance for Buddhists of Nepal, called Newari, who credit him with draining the water from Kathmandu Valley.

See also
Collection: 
Nepalese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Gilded copper
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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