Kashmir, Manjushri – seated

11th century, Kashmir, Manjushri, copper alloy, photo by Polyauctions.

11th century, Kashmir, Manjushri, copper alloy, photo by Polyauctions.

The bodhisattva of wisdom is seated with a leg pendant, on a Swat Valley style double lotus base over a plain plinth, brandishing his sword and holding a manuscript against his heart. He has Kashmiri facial features and graceful body proportions.

Undated (11th century circa) Kashmir (or Kashmir style in Western Himalayas), Manjushri, copper with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (11th century circa) Kashmir, Manjushri, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

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On this variant, the manuscript is on a blue lotus to his left. He has silver-inlaid eyes, cold gold and pigments on his face, lapis lazuli powder in his hair, indicating that the statue was worshipped in Tibet at some stage.

On both sculptures the sword is tipped with a half-vajra.

Undated, Kashmir, Manjushri, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Kashmir, Manjushri, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is a rare form of Manjushri, with two hands and four heads, seated on a Pala-style double lotus base with large beading and plump petals (a design reminiscent of 14th century circa Tibetan works). He holds the stem of blue lotuses, each supporting a manuscript.

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The heads are semi-wrathful and adorned with a low tiara, his hands are held in the meditation gesture.

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