Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number C96
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese | Buddhist
Provenience China
Period Tang Dynasty
Date Made Tang Dynasty
Section Asian
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.

Height 69 cm
Credit Line Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1915
Other Number Getz 15 - Other Number

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