Tibet, peaceful Manjushri – seated

13th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper with stone inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

13th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper with stone inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

When seated, White Manjushri normally has his legs in the lotus position. He often has both hands in the dharmacakra mudra at heart level.

13th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Occasionally, he has his right arm extended, palm out, in the generosity mudra but can be identified thanks to the manuscript on the lotus to his left.

14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection.

14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection.

From the 13th century onwards, he is often surrounded with two lotuses, the one on the left supports the Prajanaparamita sutra and the hilt of a sword comes out of the other (or is represented symbolically).

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper with silver inlay and gemstones, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper with silver inlay and gemstones, photo by Sotheby’s.

15th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Sotheby’s.

Although he has lost his attributes, Manjushri is identified here thanks to the half-vajra finial on his head and the gesture of his hands, which can be compared with the previous sculpture.

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