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Image of Manjusri Seated on a Lion

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Manjusri Seated on a Lion

Creation date: late 12th century-early 13th century
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Marble Sculpture
Medium and Support: Marble
Credit Line: Gift of Admiral Charles K. Duncan in memory of Sheila T. Duncan
Accession Number: 1985.68
State/Province: Hebei Province
Dimensions: 42 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. x 14 in. (107.95 cm x 44.45 cm x 35.56 cm)
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Charles K. Duncan, Coronado, California ( - July 15, 1985)

Munthe, Bergen, Norway ( - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (July 15, 1985 - )

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Manjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom, just as Avalokiteshvara (or Guan yin) is the bodhisattva of compassion. Originally, in his broken right hand, he would have held his emblem of the sword, which symbolizes the ability of wisdom to cut through ignorance. Manjushri rides his mount, the lion. The halo and lotus pedestal reveal his transcendent nature.
Last Updated: 10/13/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 16, 36, 37, Figure Number: 37

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 105, 112, Figure Number: 112

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