Bodhisattva Manjushri, also known as the Majushrikumarabhuta and Manjughosha, is the oldest and the most significant Bodhisattva of the Mahayana pantheon. He is the embodiment of prajna or transcendental wisdom, and He is mentioned across the Lotus Sootra, the Saptashatika Prajnapramita Sootra, and Vimalakirti Sootra. The sculpture of Him that you see on this page depicts the Bodhisattva in His traditional iconography.
The most inimitable aspect of Manjushri’s iconography is the sword He wields in His right hand. He raises it high above His head, as if to bring it down any moment now. The fingers of the left hand are gathered in the dharmachakra mudra afore His stately chest, streams of gold and jewels and sashes of silk cascading down its gracious length. From the crease of His left elbow emerges a mythical flower with petals of gold and rich pastel hues. From this flower to the garments of the seated Bodhisattva and the blade of his sword, these aspects of the composition are decorated with inlaid bits of resin. The colours are in eye-catching contrast to the pale, glimmering gold of the Bodhisattva’s skin.
Legs gathered in a superfine padmasana. A composure of countenance so sublime, it is indicative of the deepest recesses of contemplation. From the handsome features of that divine face to the karnakundalas and the five-spired crown that frames it, this sculpture is in keeping with the style of Nepalese handiwork found in Buddhist works of art.
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend