MediumPigments and gold on sized cloth; silver, copper and glass case
DimensionsCase : 10 1/8 x 7 5/8 x 3/4 in. (25.72 x 19.37 x 1.91 cm)
Image : 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (20.96 x 14.61 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection, Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelManjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom. This painting portrays Manjushri in one of his most iconic forms: sitting comfortably in a cross-legged position atop a lotus throne with his raised right hand holding a flaming sword that he uses to cut through ignorance and obfuscation, and his centrally-positioned left hand holding a lotus blossom on which rests a copy of the Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnāpāramitā Sutra). His body is adorned with fine clothing and jewelry, and his skin radiates a golden light that appears around him as a mandorla. He also bears an image of Shakyamuni on his chest to signify his unwavering devotion to the Buddha’s teachings. Manjushri is accompanied in this image by an entourage consisting of two bodhisattvas and six haloed mahasiddhas, or holy men. The blue-skinned figure in the central foreground is the bodhisattva Vajrapani.