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

Period: Thakuri period

Date: 10th century

Culture: Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Medium: Gilt-copper alloy with color and gold paint

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick, Dodge and Fletcher Funds, and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.220.13


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.