This form of Manjushri with 3 to 5 heads and 6 to 8 hands is rarely seen in the form of a sculpture. He normally has the effigy of a buddha on his chignon or several buddhas on his crown; the above wears floral crowns and a matching garland. He holds a vajra sceptre and a bell in his main hands, the remaining right hands hold a sword, a bow and an elephant goad; the other left hands hold a book, an arrow and a lasso.
This stele depicts an early form of the one-head and two-hand Manjushri, with a sword in his right hand and a manuscript in the left hand, held at heart level. It corresponds to various aspects of Manjushri described in ancient texts, such as White Manjushri Arapachana and Manjushri Sthira Cakra, the former has a white body on paintings, the latter a saffron-coloured one.
In the later and more common version, he holds the stem of a blue lotus that supports the book.
The above displays an incised lotus within a diamond in the palm of his hands.
His long dhoti is decorated with engraved lotuses.
Dressed in Chinese-style silk garments, the couple sits, but not in embrace, on a lotus atop a throne covered with a cloth and supported by two elephants. Her right hand is extended palm out to indicate generosity, the other is held to signify teaching or debate.
He has four heads and six hands. In his main hands we can see a vajra sceptre and a bell (under her left elbow); the remaining right hands hold a sword (the blade missing) and a solar wheel; the middle left hand holds a noose, the upper one probably held a book.
A very similar work, with a flaming halo fastened to his back.