Tibet, peaceful Manjushri – seated (3)

13th-14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with silver and stone inlay, at the Seattle Museum of Art.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with silver and stone inlay, at the Seattle Museum of Art.

The bodhisattva is seated in the lotus position, his right arm extended, palm open, his left hand doing the teaching gesture or vitarka mudra. The long-stem lotus to his left holds a manuscript topped with a pearl.

15th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection.

On this sculpture, his celestial scarf forms an arch around him. He holds his hands at heart level in the dharmacakra mudra (turning of the wheel of dharma gesture). We can guess the hilt of a sword on top of the lotus bud to his right and a manuscript/book on a blue lotus (narrow pointed petals) on the other side.

16th c., Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy and turquoise inlay, photo by Christie's.

16th c., Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy and turquoise inlay, photo by Christie’s.

The lotuses on each side of him are sometimes identical.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Christie’s.

There is a blue lotus to his right, from which appears the hilt of a sword, and a lotus to his left that supports a book.

 

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