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Object Number:
C96
Current Location:
Culture:
Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience:
China
Period:
Tang Dynasty
Date Made:
Tang Dynasty
Early Date:
618
Late Date:
906
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Marble (Stone)
Pigment
Gilding
Technique:
Painted
Gilded
Carved
Iconography:
Manjusri
Lion
Description:
Wenshu (Manjusri in Sanskirt) is the bodhisatta of wisdom. He often rides a lion, as he does here. Other attributes include him holding the Prajnaparamita sutra, the book of Perfect Knowledge, in his left hand, and a sword in his right with a flaming point used to drive away darkness and ignorance. Chinese followers believed Mount Wutai in Shanxi province was Wenshu's abode, making it a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. Wenshu is often paried with Dizang (Samantabhadra in Sanskrit) who rides an elephant. Marble with traces of pigment and of gilding
Height:
69cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo
Other Number:
GETZ 15   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 60
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[Article] 1930. An Example of T'ang Sculpture. The University Museum Bulletin. 1 (3): 19-23. : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-50
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[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 502
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[Book] Getz, John. 1916. Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 183 no.15
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