Representation of Mañjuśrī
Figure (Manjusri). Holding lotus and flanked by scrolled borders.
Made of sandstone.
ca. 8th Century
© Trustees of the British Museum
Wish the head too was there...
Exquisite detail. Thank you, RBSI. I am really enjoying the Nalanda series.
Lack of head - courtesy of Muslim barbarians.
Manjushri.... The Buddha of wisdom.
which part of the iconography suggests Manjushri?
^^^ Good question
The depicition of Manjusri in Sailendra art of ancient Java is similar to those of Pala style of Bihar, Nalanda. Manjusri was portrayed as a youthful handsome man with the palm of his hands tattooed with the image of flower. His right hand lied down in open palm while his left hand holding an Utpala (blue lotus). He also uses the necklace made of tiger canine teeth.
He carries a sword and the book of 'Transcendent Wisdom' and a sword with which he symbolically cuts the cloud of ignorance and show the path to the sphere beyond.... the legend tells manjushri is the creator of nepal which was a lake surrounded by snowclad mountain...he came from China and with his sword moonbeam he made a cleft in the montain from which the water escaped to India . (Yagmati or Bagmati) and the Pharping Gorge in the Mahabharata range was created.
This is how Buddhist of Nepal know of the origin of their country whereas the Hindus of Nepal ascribe the same feat to Vishnu in his Krishna manifestation....
a detailed iconography discus in SADHANAMALA and also in "the indian buddhist iconography" by Benoytosh Bhattacharya ..... i told all of my friend 2 read that book ........... in Vajrayana each God and Goddess have perfect detailing about their philosophical skill.
The true meaning of iconoclasm in the eyes of the ignorant.