Nepal, Late Malla Manjushri (2)

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

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

In his one-head and four-hand Namasangiti form, the bodhisattva holds a bow and arrow (broken here), a sword and a manuscript. He wears a long dhoti with ample draping and an incised celestial scarf with pointed contours wrapped around his elbows, in the Chinese fashion. His youthful face, with Nepalese-style features, is enhanced by a large crown with floral panels. There is a serrated halo attached to his back.

1720, Nepal, Manjushri, copper alloy, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

1720, Nepal, Manjushri, copper alloy, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

This unusual mixed-style sculpture, with one head and four hands, depicts him with a rosary and a manuscript in his top hands, and what looks like an ink pen and an ink pot in his lower hands, which would depart from the traditional iconography.

18th century, Nepal, Manjushri Namasangiti, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Nepal, Manjushri Namasangiti, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This figure, complete with pedestal and back plate, probably held a rosary in the upper right hand and has a manuscript in the lower left hand.

18th c,, Nepal, Manjushri Namasangiti, gilt c.a., 25,4 cm, book, detail, Christie's

Theres is an unidentified object in the upper left hand, the lower right one appears to have once held a small item, such as a vajra, at heart level.

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