Kashmir region, Manjushri

11th century, Kashmir or Western Himalayas, bodhisattva Manjushri, brass, published by John Siudmak.

11th century, Kashmir area, bodhisattva Manjushri, brass, published by John Siudmak.

Manjushri is brandishing his sword above his head while holding a manuscript against his chest. He has a very large urna on his forehead and is adorned with a beaded necklace and pendant, some armbands and a small pointed crown with a lotus flower at the centre of each panel, enhanced with two bows and a jewel above the hair line. He is wearing a thin upward-flowing scarf and an ankle-length dhoti, incised with lines and a floral print, held in place with a beaded belt. He has one leg folded and the other resting on a lotus bud stemming from the bottom of the base. Unlike the double mandorla with incised flames, such two-tier seats with a cylindrical part in the middle are uncommon. There is  one at the British Museum and another at the Rubin Museum of Art,  both classed as 11th century Kashmir, but they only have one lotus at the top (no heart-shaped petals) and they are resting on a larger base that imitates rocks.

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