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Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Sculpture from North India, 5th-7th Centuries
Jain sculpture
Sculpture of the Pala Period
Stone Sculpture from Hindu Temples
Sculptures from South India, 8th-9th Centuries
Bronze Sculpture of the Chola Period
Art for the Mughal and Rajput Courts
Hindu Temple Hangings
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Sculpture from Nepal
Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Two Bodhisattvas from Sri Lanka
Bodhisattva Manjushri Seated on a Lion
India, Bihar or Bengal; Pala period (c.8th - 12th century), mid - 11th century
Gilt copper alloy with inlays of silver and copper
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, a deity who symbolizes the transcendent wisdom and knowledge that are required to attain enlightenment. He can be recognized by his lion mount and by the small book, a symbol of his wisdom, which rests on the lotus above his left shoulder. The lotus next to his right shoulder, now broken off, once supported Manjushri's flaming sword of knowledge. With this weapon, Manjushri fights the ignorance that prevents a devotee from reaching enlightenment. The small size of this image suggests that it was a personal object of devotion.
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