This work, displaying a mixture of Kashmiri, Himachal Pradesh, Indian and West Tibetan features, depicts Manjushri seated in the vajra position, brandishing a flaming sword and holding the Prajnaparamita sutra against his heart – a form generally called arapachana although when the book is in his hand (rather than on a blue lotus to his left) it is sometimes referred to as sthiracakra.
In his peaceful form Manjushri doesn’t have a sword. The above holds the stem of a lotus that supports a book topped with three pearls (to his left).
15th-16th century, Tibet, Manjushri, gilt bronze (copper alloy), at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences at Power House Museum in Sydney (Australia).
From the 13th century onwards he may hold the stem of a lotus supporting the hilt of a sword to his right and the other lotus supports the book. Apart from the style of the lotus base and the belt with raining jewels, the fact that his hands are held in the dharmacakra mudra suggests that this sculpture was made by a Nepalese artist.
A rare image of Manjushri as a child, his hair divided in five top knots, holding a lotus topped with a book in his right hand and a roundish object in the other (possibly a conch shell).