Pala India, Manjushri at royal ease

 

Pala period, India, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Early Pala period, India, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Seated with his right knee raised to support the forearm and his left leg folded, Manjushri holds the root of a blue lotus in his left hand and a flower in the other, adorned with a small tiara with large side bows, a thin celestial scarf, simple jewellery.

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The eyes are inlaid with silver, his small chignon is topped with a triratna similar to those on the famous Sanchi stupa, there is a raised urna on his forehead.

12th century, India, Manjushri, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published by Endless Knot.

12th century, India, Manjushri, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published by The Endless Knot gallery.

This one has a blue lotus to his right (once inlaid with a stone) and holds the stem of a lotus bud supporting a manuscript topped with a pearl in his left hand. His hair is fastened in a bunch topped with a lotus bud finial and adorned with a low tiara with side bows (the stones also missing). The eyes are inlaid with silver and the lips with copper. He wears bodhisattva jewellery, a sacred thread, a short dhoti incised with a stippled motif and held in place with a belt. Instead of a simple punched hole to mark the navel, he has a cruciform navel and lobed abdomen that recalls Kashmiri works.

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