name Manjushri in Chinese is Wen Chu. He is popularly regarded as the Bodhisattva
of Wisdom throughout Asia. As depicted here, this 19th century Qing period Manjushri
is wearing a five-pronged crown, above which a small Amitabha Buddha seated inside
a flaming limbus. The youthful Bodhisattva of Wisdom is seated in a diamond position
on a double-lotus pedestal, with a Prajnaparamita Sutra on a lotus to his left,
his hand is displaying the Vitarka Mudra (Teaching Gesture), and in his right
hand the blade of the wisdom sword is now missing; which hardly deters us from
noticingthe Bodhisattva's vigorous spirit, and the serenity of the God of Literature
as a handsome young man, who steadily gazing downward in the bliss of meditation.
The beautifully Chinese cast statue is a prototype in accordance with centuries-old
Tibetan traditions. It is an immaculate iron statue attributed to the 18th to
early 19th century.