This Indian-style sculpture depicts White Manjushri seated in the vajra position with his right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity and the left hand holding the stem of a large lotus flower with the Prajnaparamita tantra on top.
From the 13th century onwards he may have lotuses on each side of him, or attached to his forearms to support the manuscript and the hilt of a sword, with both hands at heart level in the dharmacakra mudra, as above. He is adorned with a half-vajra finial and stone-inlaid jewellery.
Despite the missing lotus in his left hand, this bodhisattva is identified as Manjushri through his necklace and the way part of his hair is fastened into three lots of curly hair cascading on each side of his face (plus the absence of attributes related to other bodhisattvas).
His necklace is made of two rows of beads, some teeth, flowers and a pendant with a square flower and the three-tooth design associated with him (but not exclusive to him). He wears a broad sash incised with a floral motif.
His lower garment and the palm of his hand are also incised with a floral design.
It is not uncommon to see him with a leg pendant, his foot resting on a lotus bud attached to the base (missing in this case, like the lotuses fastened to his arms).
The above retains his lotuses, topped with the hilt of a sword to his right and a manuscript topped with what may be a pearl to his left. He is adorned with princely jewellery including armbands and matching adornments worn above the ankle, a recurrent feature on 15th century Nepalese sculptures.
As only a small piece of his tiara remains, we can see how his two-tier chignon is decorated with tear-shaped adornments, and topped with a half-vajra finial.
White Manjushri may be standing and his right hand may do the vitarka mudra instead, as above. There is a manuscript topped with a pearl at the centre of the lotus flower. His short dhoti is incised with a large floral motif. The sash knotted to one side forms a semi-circular shape at the front, matched by his thick sacred thread.
Another standard form of Manjushri portrays him seated in the vajra position, brandishing a sword (broken here) in his right hand, holding the book at heart level in his left hand.