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Copper Sculpture Gilded with 24 Karat Gold

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Manjushri is a bodhisattva associated with transcendent wisdom (Skt. prajna) in Mahāyāna Buddhism. In Esoteric Buddhism he is also taken as a meditational deity. The Sanskrit name Manjushri can be translated as "Gentle Glory". Manjushri is also known by the fuller Sanskrit name of Mañjuśrīkumārabhūta.

Manjsuhri is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand, representing the realization of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance and duality. The scripture supported by the lotus held in his left hand is a Prajnaparamita sūtra, representing his attainment of ultimate realization from the blossoming of wisdom. He is extremely handsome - a resplendent figure, the very embodiment of physical beauty. He has a youthful aspect (kumara), emphasized through the shape and proportions of his body. Indeed, this proclivity to represent the bodhisaatva as a young adult is a characteristic of Nepalese art.

With majestic bearing, and a very gentle expression on the face, this sculpture, bathed in 24 karat gold, represents a nearly flawless example of a classic Newar bodhisattva image.

This sculpture was created in the city of Patan, one of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal).

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