Nepal, Late Malla Manjushri

15th-16th century, Nepal, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Nepal, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

White Manjushri is seated in the vajra position on a double lotus base with thick beading at the top, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra, a lotus fastened to each forearm, one supporting a manuscript topped with a pearl, and the other the flaming hilt of a sword.

15th-16th c., Nepal, Manjushri, bronze, 14 cm, top, Christies

He is adorned with a crown with large floral panels and flowing ribbons, large floral earrings and matching armbands, a sacred thread, bracelets and anklets. The hem of his knee-length dhoti is decorated with thick beading.

15th-16th century, Nepal, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

15th-16th century, Nepal, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

This other form of Manjushri brandishes a sword in his right hand and does the virtarka mudra with the left one. A lotus supporting a manuscript is attached to the elbow.

15th-16th c., Nepal, Manjushri, gilt c.a., 14,5 cm, close, Christie's

He wears a crown with foliate panels and a flower at the front, large floral earrings, a V-shaped necklace and a longer one with two rows of beads, discreet armbands and matching anklets, bulky bracelets, a knee-length dhoti with a broad hem, held in place with a belt. The hilt of his sword is decorated with a jewel.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Along with showy accessories inlaid with large stones, a dhoti incised with a floral motif is typical of the late Malla period, along with a double lotus pedestal with large beading at the top and at the bottom and a plain part below the two rows of petals. The above wears a five-leaf crown with a large flower at the front. he is flanked by two lotuses, one of them supporting a manuscript. There is a conical helmet topped with a half vajra on this head.

17th century, Nepal, Manjushri, metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

17th century, Nepal, Manjushri, metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This eclectic sculpture shows White Manjushri seated with one leg pendant, on a double lotus base reminiscent of earlier West Tibetan ones, holding the stem of two large lotuses, one of them supporting the hilt of a sword, adorned with simple jewellery, his hair fastened in a tall Indian-style chignon. His big lower limbs are in contrast with the delicate fan-shape folds of his lower garment. The crown with panels wide apart is reminiscent of some Tibeto-Chinese and Mongolian works.

 

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