Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, is depicted in his peaceful form. He holds a long-stem lotus (now missing) in his left hand and a pearl in his right hand (possibly specific to Nepal), which is doing the gesture of generosity. His hair is tied into a chignon, with long strands falling onto his shoulders. He is adorned with bodhisattva jewellery including a lotus design, and wears an incised dhoti that is longer one one side, held in place with a belt. The shape of the halo attached to his shoulders, the sturdiness of his legs and the treatment of the garments are typical of the transition between the Licchavi and the Thakuri period. The statue was worshipped in Tibet, hence the cold gold and pigments on his face and the lapis lazuli powder on his hair. His very large head indicates that he may have been made in the Lhasa region, by a Nepalese artist.
10th-11th century, Nepal, same as before.
This one stands on a double-lotus base typical of the late Licchavi period, however, the sturdiness of his body is far-removed from the graceful Licchavi standards, as is the bulky jewellery. There is an effigy of Amitabha on his head. He wears a sacred thread across his chest, fastened by the sash across his hips. (As we have seen in a separate post, the broad sash knotted on one side is a constant feature of Nepalese sculptures throughout the centuries).