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Bodhisattva Manjusri, 9th century

India: Kashmir, 801-900
Bronze inlaid with silver and copper
overall: 20-1/8 x 7-3/4 x 4-1/4 in. (51.1 x 19.7 x 10.8 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
F.1978.27.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

On view

Manjusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, stands confidently with his peacock companion, who looks up adoringly at his master. Manjusri is portrayed as a handsome young god; his right hands exhibit the gesture of charity and hold a rosary and three jewels, while his left hands hold a manuscript, a flowering lotus and a fruit. The elaborate tiara with floral crests, the multiple necklaces and the long garland reaching nearly to his feet are all typical of Kashmiri sculptures.


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