Gilt bronze statue of Manjushri
Bodhisattva Manjushri statue in gilded bronze.
Produced by Nepalese craftsmen with the lost wax casting technique and with ancient gold. The face, painted by hand, is covered with pure gold and embellished with turquoise and coral.
Height 16 cm
Manjushri is a Bodhisattva, and in Mahayana Buddhism he represents the Transcendental Wisdom of the Buddha. As such it is mentioned many times in the Prajnaparamita Sutra, among the most ancient texts of Mahayana Buddhism. He is represented seated in the Lotus position, and holds a flaming sword in his right hand, to cut ignorance and the dualistic vision of reality. In his left hand he holds a lotus flower on which rests the text of the Prajnaparamita Sutra in 80,000 verses.
Manjushri has been revered in the tantric practice of China, Tibet, Nepal, Japan and Indonesia.