We don’t often get a chance to see the simhanada form of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. This Pala-style sculpture depicts him with his left foot on a lotus sprouting from the double-lotus base, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra, seated on a lion stretching his neck out to look at him. The lotus to his left supports a book, the Prajnaparamita sutra, topped with pearls.
This one holds the stem of lotuses, one topped with the hilt of a sword, the other with a book supporting a flaming jewel, the style of the figure, lotus seat and turquoise inlay associated with late 15th or 16th century works from Tibet made in the Nepalese style. His sits on a sturdy lion with a short neck, adorned with beading.
A more recent piece, with Chinese-style facial features, festoons and parcel-gilding, both lotuses supporting the flaming hilt of a sword.