About this object

Copper alloy statue of Manjushri with Sarasvati seated on his knee . He sits in the lotus position on a lotus pedestal, with a large architecture platform supported by elephants beneath. He has four faces each with a vertical third wisdom eye. He has eight arms and holds a dorje in front of his heart in his first right hand, and a bell in the left, in the second pair of hands are a bow and arrow, in the third are a lasso and ankus and in the fourth is his sword of wisdom and a lotus flower. His partner Sarasvati sits in the Bodhisattva pose of royal ease on his left knee. She also has a vertical third or wisdom eye. Her left hand forms a protective gesture of generosity. Both wear the five jewelled crown and ornaments of the Bodhisattva. To the back of the statue a large inscription in Nepalese dates the figure to Newari year 945. There is also a fitting for a nimbus, which is missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Nepal
  • Date made
  • Materials
    Alloy Copper; Gilt Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    235 mm x 180 mm x 125 mm; 9 1/4 in x 7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Owner); Daly (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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