Pala India, standing Manjushri

12th century circa, Northern India, bodhisattva Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection

12th century circa, Northern India, bodhisattva Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection.

This kind of Indian Pala Style sculpture was very popular in Western Tibet at the same time. The bodhisattva has a tall lean body with exaggerated hands, there is a very tall chignon topped with a jewel coming out of his low crown fastened with ribbons and decorated with rosettes. he wears a thin scarf ending in a v-shape and stands on a small and tallish double lotus base with one row of petals upwards and the other row downwards. The India Pala halo is made of one elongated shoe-horse shaped piece topped with a parasol.

This peaceful form of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, is identified through the manuscript resting on the long-stemmed lotus he holds in his left arm and the stupa on top of the parasol. There seems to be traces of gold pigment on his face.

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