Tibet, peaceful Manjushri – variations

15th century, Western Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay and cold gold, private collection on gg-art.com

15th century (or later copy?), Western Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay and cold gold, private collection on gg-art.com

When seated, peaceful Manjushri normally has his legs in the lotus position or one leg drawn in and the other with the knee slightly raised. This sculpture shows him with one leg pendant and his foot resting on a lotus bud attached to the base. The hilt of the sword and the manuscript on top of the lotuses to his sides give us a clue as to his identity.

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, brass, at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK).

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, brass, at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK).

When standing, he normally has his right arm extended, palm open. Here, he is holding a conch shell in his right hand. There is a manuscript on the lotus to his left.

Same as before, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel.

Same as before, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

The above Indian-style figure has a manuscript in his right hand and extends his left arm out. There are no lotuses on his sides.

Undated, Western Tibet or Western Himalayas, bronze, private collection.

Undated, Western Tibet or Western Himalayas, bronze, private collection.

Here, he also holds a manuscript in his right hand, and the long  stem of a lotus in the other.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Manjushri, Indian artist, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Manjushri, Indian artist, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this fine sculpture, he is doing the vitarka mudra with his right hand and holds a manuscript in the other.

 

 

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