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A figure of Mañjuśrī seated on a lotus throne, holding a sword above his head in his right hand and a palm-leaf book in his left. Made of bronze with silver, copper and turquoise inlay.
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Height: 11 centimetres
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- Zwalf 1985
The Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī became popular in developed Buddhism and his cult spread to China and to Nepal, a country of which he is in a sense patron. Known also as prince or youth, he is the god of wisdom, and his usual attributes are the sword to cleave ignorance, and the oblong object in his left hand, the palm-leaf book equated with the text of the Perfection of Wisdom. The exceptional preservation of this image must be due to its export in antiquity to Tibet.
- On display (G33/dc58a/s1)
- Exhibition history
Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)
1994, Kyoto National Museum, Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu Sculpture from the British Museum
1994, Tokyo, Tobu Museum of Art, Masterpieces of Buddhist and Hindu Sculpture from the British Museum
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