Antique Buddha Museum Statues
Wisdom Sword Monju Bosatsu Antique Japanese Carved Wood Buddha

文殊菩薩 Monju Bosatsu

Maitreya Buddha Wisdom Sword

Circa: Edo, 18th - early 19th century
H 7 in. (18cm) , W 4.5 in. (11.5cm) , D 3.5 in. (9cm)
Condition: minor chips, overall very good!
Monju Bosatsu, his name in Sanskrit is Manjusri or Wenshu 文殊 in Chinese. He is regarded as the God of Literature, and as the disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha, he is one of the Bodhisattvas of Supreme Wisdom who occupies the Universal Knowledge quarter in the center of the Womb Mandala in esoteric Buddhism.

Immaculately carved with a highly polished smooth surface, this superb Monju Bosatsu was once seated in a Dangan (small sandalwood shrine). Here he is in his prevalent form as a handsome youth, serene with both legs pendant royally sitting in a benevolent pose (bhadrasana), his left hand poised in the dharmachakra mudra, and in his right, he is holding the wisdom sword that symbolizes elimination of ignorance. He is elegantly dressed in a draped garment with facile pleats and curvilinear drapery folds, his face in benevolent expression, with a smiling bow-shaped mouth, delicately arched eyebrows, and almond-shaped eyes steadily gaze downward; the design of the statue suggests a distinctive Chinese Ming influence. The statue is rich with the markings of time and veneration, and there are two small broken off sections in the garment sleeves visible in the back view. Though overall in very good condition.

Private Collection
Monju Bosatsu rt.
Monju Bosatsu lt.
Consecrated Offerings
Monju Bosatsu back
Monju Bosatsu
All dharmas are same as emptiness. -- Heart Sutra

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