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Manjushri

Tibetan
19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

72 x 50.2 cm (28 3/8 x 19 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

47.81

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, wood dowels, brass knobs, silk veil

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Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with veil, decorative stitched borders and plain wooden hanging rod (no streamers).

A large central figure of Manjushri holds a sword in his raised right hand and the stem of a lotus in his left hand. The lotus holds a sutra. He radiates golden rays and is surrounded by a rainbow aureole. Behind him is a large pavillion. Above him at the top are, from left to right: Bhaisajyaguru, Padmasambhava with his two wives, and Shakyamuni Buddha. Below this row of figures are Amitayus at left and Ushnishavijaya at right. Manjushri has eight small Bodhisattvas below him. At the bottom of the painting are Green Tara, Vaisravana, Vasudhara, and White Tara. In the area immediately below manjushri are worshipping monks and devas.

Inscription

On reverse, in red ink, in Tibetan, "Om, ah, hum"

Provenance

1947, Lucy Truman Aldrich, Providence, RI; 1947, gift of Aldrich to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich