From: Japan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 29-96-329
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Japanese | Buddhist
Provenience Japan
Period Edo Period (uncertain) | Meiji Period (uncertain)
Date Made 19th Century
Section Asian
Materials Wood | Gilt | Metal | Turquoise (uncertain) | Coral (uncertain)
Technique Carved | Gilded
Iconography Monju
Inscription Language Japanese Language

Monju (Sanskrit: Manjusri), the bodhisattva of wisdom and guardian of the sacred doctrine, is an important divinity in the Buddhist pantheon. In his right hand he carries the sword of knowledge which cleaves the clouds of ignorance. In his other hand he carries a sutra to symbolize his wisdom. Although Monju will sometimes form the center of an altar, he is frequently paired with Fugen. The two usually form a triad with Sakyamuni, the Historical Buddha, or Dainichi, the Cosmic Buddha. Carved gilded wood image wearing monk's robes with gilded metal openwork crown and necklace with dangles and turquoise and coral beads. Seated in vajrasana, with bottoms of feet facing upward. Right hand lowered with sword pointing up. Left hand raised to chest level holding scroll. The mandorla is 29-96-331C. The lotus base is 29-96-331A and B. The figure sits on the back of a lion (29-96-330) which stands on a base (29-96-331D).

Height 57 cm
Width 38 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904

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