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Bodhisattva Manjusri

1700-1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Copper alloy with gilding and painting
Brief Description
Bodhisattva Manjusri, gilded bronze image, Tibet, 18th century.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 54cm
  • Width: 41cm
  • Depth: 24cm
Credit line
Donated by the Macpherson family
Object history
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.
Associations
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Other Number
LOAN:MACPHERSON.1&A - Previous loan number
Collection
Accession Number
IS.12-2011

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record createdJuly 12, 2011
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