Tibet, Manjushri with sword (4)

12th century, Western Tibet, Manjushri, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Western Tibet, Manjushri, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This slender Manjushri holds, in his left hand, the stem of an eight-petal lotus flower raising from the pedestal. His chignon, exaggeratedly tall and broad in the middle, is topped with a finial. He wears a low tiara with rosettes and simple jewellery, his elongated earlobes are adorned with large hoops. His dhoti, longer on one side, is held in place with a belt.

Undated, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This seated figure holds a lotus topped with a manuscript/book in a noticeably broader left hand with some fingers apart and the others doing a mudra similar to the kartari mudra (but with the middle finger instead of the ring finger pressing the tip of the thumb). He is adorned with large floral armbands and anklets.

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

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

Seated on a tall double-lotus base with plump petals associated with (14th-15th century) Western Tibet, his left hand doing the kartari mudra, framed by two lotuses with scrolled leaves, the one on the left topped with a minute book, Manjushri holds his sword behind his head with his fingers held in the karana mudra. His tall five-leaf crown has a Kirtimukha design on the front panel.

18th century, Tibet, Manjushri, bronze, at the British Museum in London (UK).

18th century, Tibet, Manjushri, bronze, at the British Museum in London (UK).

The thin elongated waist, the bulky sword and the flat celestial scarf help situate this work towards more recent days. Manjushri holds a book in his left hand.

 

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