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遼 青銅鎏金五髻文殊菩薩像
Manjushri, Bodhisattva of Wisdom, with Five Knots of Hair (Wuji Wenshu)

Liao dynasty (907–1125)
mid-11th century
Gilt bronze; lost-wax cast
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mary Livingstone Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, Janet Neff Charitable Trust and Christian Humann Gifts; Mrs. Robert Herndon Fife Gift, in memory of her husband; and Seymour Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The five knots of hair represent the five syllables of a Sanskrit invocation, a-ra-paca- na, used in devotions to the bodhisattva of wisdom. Each syllable has a different meaning and can help a devotee gain such benefits as protection from illness.
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