Origin: Nepal, Circa: early 20th century
H 11 in. (28cm), W 8 in. (20cm), D 5 in. (12.5cm)
Missing base plate, overall very good condition!
In a diamond position on an oval-shaped lotus pedestal, the youthful face of this lavishly gilded Manjushri is in cold gold, with a sharply defined nose, bow-shaped lips, downward gazing eyes in meditation. Wearing a five-pronged crown with a small Buddha in the center, layers with jewels, Manjusri sways slightly sideways with sashes fluttering on two sides. He holds a double-edged sword that symbolizes elimination of ignorance, and a large lotus that winds over his shoulder, where the Book of Divine Wisdom (Prajnaparamita Sutra) rests in the lotus blossom. The Prince of Wisdom is seated in dhyana asana in front of an elaborate mandorla, with “Om Mani Padme Hum” in six finely inscribed medallions in the back of the lotus seat, denoting the transformative power of the indivisible union of method and wisdom on the Buddhist path. From the finely modeled figure to minute hand-chased details, the crisp sharp features of this statue are an excellent example of the superb Tibetan sculptural technique.