Nepal, Manjushri Jnanasattva

14th century, Nepal, Early Malla period, bodhisattva Manjushri, gilt copper inlaid with stones, published by Christie's.

14th century, Nepal, Early Malla period, bodhisattva Manjushri, gilt copper inlaid with stones, private collection.

15th century, same as above, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

15th century, same as above, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA).

Manjushri Jnanasattva (the Wisdom Light) has four arms. His attributes are a sword, a bow and arrow, and a manuscript. The bodhisattva wears princely jewellery, a foliate crown attached with flowing ribbons, a sacred thread, and a belt holding is incised dhoti that reaches below the knee. Both statues have a vajra on top of their head. The tall rectangular urna on their forehead is typical of Nepalese works.

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