We saw a very similar brass sculpture of Manjushri on Sotheby’s , standing on the same type of lotus base with a stepped plinth, a narrower upper part, and broad swollen petals with an upturned tip, dressed in a short dhoti with a stippled lotus pattern, a belt, and a sash knotted on one side. He holds the long stem of an open lotus that supports the Prajnaparamita sutra, topped with a pearl, and brandishes a sword engraved with a geometrical motif.
White Manjushri, standing with his right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity, the left one making a gesture to bestow patience (unusual for this bodhisattva), flanked by a blue lotus to his left topped with a tiny book, and another lotus to his right, now broken, that may have supported the hilt of a sword.
He has a copper-inlaid urna on his forehead and his Pala-style facial features suggest that his eyes may have been once inlaid with silver.
White Manjushri seated, his hands in the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture and holding the stem of lotuses that support the hilt of a sword, to his right, and the manuscript topped with a flaming pearl on the other side. There is a half-vajra finial on his chignon.
The four-arm namasangiti Manjushri always holds a bow and an arrow (missing from his lower right hand) in two of his hands, and usually has a sword and a blue lotus (sometimes topped with a book) in the other two, although in Tibet he may hold the book close to his heart as above (unlike the jnanasattva aspect who has two empty hands making the gesture of debate).