Tibet. 13th/14th century.
Copper alloy repoussé. H 30 cm.
Provenance: private Belgium collection from 1996.
Price on request.
According to the Mahayana Buddhism, Manjusri is the bodhisattva who spread the word of the Buddha. That is why he holds the book (sutra) in his left hand and a sword in his right, by which, as the legend states, he cut a mountain into two parts, thus creating the Kathmandu Valley. The sensual elegance of his figure and the spiritual sweetness of his face arise from the influence of Nepalese art, which created statues of inexpressible beauty.