Tibet, peaceful Manjushri – seated (6)

Undated, Tibet, White Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Ressources.

Undated (13th century?), Tibet, White Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Ressources.

Probably made by an Indian artist, this sculpture depicts Manjushri seated in a relaxed posture, holding the stem of lotuses in each hand, the one to his left supporting a manuscript. Quite common in India, this form of Manjushri is rarer in Tibet.

13th c. cir?, Tibet, W. Manjushri, gilt c.a., close up, private on HAR

He has a long straight nose with a pointed end, V-shaped lips, elongated semi-closed eyes and an Indian-style coiffure decorated with a low tiara and large side bows.

14th century, Tibet, White Manjushri, gilt metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, White Manjushri, gilt metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this sculpture, he does the dharmacakra mudra with both hands and is seated on a double-lotus base, his right foot resting on a lotus flower attached to a throne supported by lions. The (broken) lotus attached to his left elbow would have supported a manuscript.

14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

From the 13th century onwards, we often see the hilt a flaming sword coming out of the lotus  to his right (a blue one or utpala in this case). This Manjushri has his hair piled up into an Indian-style chignon but for some long strands that fall loosely over his shoulders.

16th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Occasionally, he has a half-vajra on top of his head.

 

 

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