University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
89490

View All (9) Object Images


89548
212351
212352
212353
Object Number:C96
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
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:Wenshu
Manjusri
Lion
Height: 69 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1915
Other Number:GETZ 15 - Other Number

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 Puxian (Samantabhadra in Sanskrit) who rides an elephant. Marble with traces of pigment and of gilding


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 60View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1930. "An Example of T'ang Sculpture". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 1. no. 3. pg. 19-23 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-50View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate 502View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 183 no.15View Objects related to this Actual Citation

You may also be interested in these objects:


See a problem? Let us know online.collections@pennmuseum.org

© Penn Museum 2018 Sitemap | Contact | Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy |