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Bodhisattva Manjusri

Bodhisattva Manjusri

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (Came from the Palkor Chode monastery in Gyantse, made)

  • Date:

    1700-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper alloy with gilding and painting

  • Credit Line:

    Donated by the Macpherson family

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A large image of the bodhisattva Manjusri, the embodiment of wisdom recognisable from his symbols of the sword, which cuts the knot of ignorance and book, symbolising wisdom itself.

Physical description

The bodhisattva Manjusri seated on a lotus throne, cross-legged in dhyanasana, wearing armlets, anklets and bracelets, earrings, necklace and crown. Both hands are raised to the chest in dharmachakra mudra. From the right hand a representation of a lotus stalk extends up to the right shoulder where a lotus flower holds a sword. From the left hand a similar stalk rises to the left shoulder holding a book of scripture.

Place of Origin

Tibet (Came from the Palkor Chode monastery in Gyantse, made)


1700-1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Copper alloy with gilding and painting


Height: 54 cm, Width: 41 cm, Depth: 24 cm

Object history note

Collected by Major Robert N. Macpherson of the 40th Patans (Indian Army) during the 1903-04 British Expedition to Tibet. Said to come from the great monastery of gyantse, i.e. Palchor Chode monastery. Donated to the Museum in 2011 by the grandson of the collector Mr M.R.N. Macpherson. The object was on loan to the Museum since 1919.

Descriptive line

Bodhisattva Manjusri, gilded bronze image, Tibet, 18th century.


Copper alloy; Gilded; Paint




South & South East Asia Collection

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