MediumPainted clay on wooden support
DimensionsWork : 4 ft. x 24 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (1.2 m x 62.23 cm x 16.51 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
This sculpture portrays Manjushri in a standing pose with his hands held in positions that signify charity and protection. Together the hand gestures signify that Manjushri welcomes supplications from his followers and will grant their wishes. He is dressed in princely garb with his emblematic sword appearing on a lotus blossom above his left shoulder. Clay sculptures were traditionally made in areas of Mongolia where wood, stone and metal were in short supply. Because they are extremely fragile, few large clay sculptures of this type exist outside of their home region.