Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries
Curatorial Section: Asian
|Current Location||Asia Galleries - On Display|
|Culture||Chinese | Buddhist|
|Date Made||Tang Dynasty|
|Materials||Marble (Stone) | Pigment | Gilding|
|Technique||Painted | Gilded | Carved|
|Iconography||Wenshu | Manjusri | Lion|
Wenshu (Manjusri in Sanskirt) is the bodhisattva 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. The statue is made of marble with traces of pigment and gilding.
|Credit Line||Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1915|
|Other Number||Getz 15 - Other Number|
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