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Antique Chinese Polychrome Wood Carving
Manjusri on Lion
Circa: 19th Century and earlier
H.16 in.(40.6cm) W.14 in.(35.5cm) D.8 in.(20cm)

This painted wood carving of Manjusri was found in Northern China recently. The distinctive Chinese features in this figure suggested that the carving is likely created during late Ming to early Qing Dynasty. The sculpture depicts Manjusri fashioned in the form of a Bodhisattva riding on the mystical lion which symbolizes the guardian of Buddhist doctrines. As He is usually shown with an upraised sword in his right hand that symbolizing the triumph of wisdom, and lotus in his left symbolizing purity ( both the sword and lotus are now missing ), Manjusri is the embodiment of the supreme wisdom of the Buddha, as Samantabhadra embodies embodies the supreme compassion.

  
  

Since early Northern Wei dynasty (386 AD), Manjusri was worshipped through out China ( his name in Chinese : Wen Chu ). He is believed to be the presiding Buddha of the sacred mountain Wu-tai Shan in Shansi, the seat of Mongol Lamaism. A later branch of the Mahayana School of Buddhism Yi-Sing Cheung ( School of One Nature ) also claimed Wen Chu as the founder.

Worship of Manjusri ( Japanese : Monju Bosatu ) began in Japan since the Nara period ( 8th century ), and flourished during the thirteen and fourteen centuries, when Monju became the patron of the suffering peasants, particularly during the warring period.

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Manjushri on Lion Wood Carving

Manjushri on Lion

  
  
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