Tibet, a Nepalese-style standing Manjushri

11th century circa, Tibet, Manjushri, copper with cold gold and pigments, at the Lima Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century circa, Tibet, Manjushri, copper with cold gold and pigments, at the Lima Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The elements which indicate that this early representation of Manjushri was made in the Nepalese style (i.e. by a Nepalese artist in Nepal or in Tibet, or by a Tibetan artist learning from a Nepalese one) are the shape of the lotus base, the mitre-like crown, the sash knotted across the hips, the folds of the dhoti between the legs, the body shape and proportions, the use of copper rather than copper alloy. The facial features are painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair is painted with lapis lazuli powder. Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom,  is holding a manuscript in his left hand and wearing is usual three-teeth pendant as well as foliate armbands, bracelets, and a belt to hold his lower garment.

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