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Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom, in an Awesome Aspect

Thakuri period
10th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt-copper alloy with color and gold paint
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); H. incl. base 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Wt. 12 lbs (5.4 kg)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick, Dodge and Fletcher Funds, and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Manjushri is rarely represented in his wrathful form. Here both his aggressive stance and his fearsome face—flared eyes, knotted eyebrows, and exposed teeth—speak to his angry nature. In addition to the sword, the triple-knot hairstyle and the tiger-claw necklace identify Manjushri.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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