Tibet, peaceful Manjushri – seated (2)

In the previous post we have seen White Manjushri seated, doing the dharmacakra mudra or extending his right arm, palm out. As when standing, he sometimes holds his right arm in the vitarka mudra or teaching gesture.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, at the Fondation Alain Bordier

13th-14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper repoussé,  at the Fondation Alain Bordier.

The above Nepalese-style panel depicts him with a lotus topped with the hilt of a sword to his right and another lotus topped with the Prajnaparamita sutra to his left.

11th-12th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

11th-12th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this magnificent Nepalese-style sculpture, Manjushri holds the (missing) manuscript horizontally in his left hand. The three-tooth pendant around his neck is another distinctive mark of this bodhisattva. His right hand displays the vitarka mudra and holds a pearl. (On later works there is often a pearl on the manuscript supported by a blue lotus).

14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, brass, photo by Mokotof Gallery.

14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, bronze with silver inlay, photo by Mokotoff Gallery.

Often, while doing the teaching gesture with his right hand, he holds the long stem of a lotus between thumb and index. On the other side, the long stem of a blue lotus or utpala topped with a manuscript passes through his left hand, which is held open as if to hold a bowl.

16th century, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection.

16th century, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection.

Above, the hilt of a flaming sword comes out of the lotus to his right.

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