In this thangka, he is depicted with golden skin, also a sign of his enlightenment. Meanwhile, his left hand holds a stem of a lotus close to this chest. Zoom in on the lotus a scroll rests on top of it. This scroll is the Prajnaparamita sutra containing the perfection of wisdom. He is depicted as a young man, seating cross-legged on a lotus throne, and dressed in princely garb and accessories. All the deities are also seated on a lotus, which represents the purity of the lotus, which can thrive and remain unstained even on muddy waters. The backdrop of the thangka features repetitive patterns further highlighted Manjushri’s form and the other deities surrounding him. At the top left is the White Tara and on the top right is the Green Tara which both represent unending compassion (day and night). At the top center is Amitabha, Buddha of Eternal Light, in dhyana mudra. At the lower left is Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. And lastly, at the lower right is Yama, the god of death, holding a danda (stick) and a noose.
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