A BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI TIBET, PALA STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
Lot 3210
A BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI
TIBET, PALA STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
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A BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI TIBET, PALA STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY A BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI TIBET, PALA STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
A BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI
TIBET, PALA STYLE, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61518
4 1/4 in. (11.1 cm) high

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  • 西藏 帕拉風格 十二/十三世紀 文殊菩薩銅像

    This sweet figure of Manjushri shows him in his most popular form, seated in vajraparyankasana, each hand holding a stem of ripened lotuses flowering into teachings and a sword of wisdom by the shoulders. Showing signs of prolonged ritual use within the culture, his face, hands, and feet are worn smooth.

    The tall ovoid face, triangular crown type with prominent side ribbons, and short narrow lotus leaves, represent the Pala style copied in Tibet during, and shortly after, the Chidar (10th-12th centuries). Compare with a Buddha in a private collection in von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, p.423, no.109C. The bold employ of inset turquoise, a stone prized among Tibetans, is another indicator of Tibetan creation. A slightly more elaborate treatment of such inset jewelry on a 13th-century Tara in the Jokhang is published in von Schroeder, Buddhist Bronzes in Tibet, Vol II, Hong Kong, 2001, p.1182, no.318A.

    Provenance
    Collection of Edward de Leeuw, the Netherlands, 1980s-2006
    Marcel Nies Oriental Art, Antwerp, January 2007
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