Bodhisattva Manjushri

Bodhisattva Manjushri, 1100, Song Dynasty
109.2 cm58.4 cm

Bodhisattva Manjushri is a Song Dynasty Wood artwork created in 1100. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is available via Institutional Open Content, and tagged Bodhisattva and Sculpture.

In Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhisattva is the highest ideal of spiritual wisdom. Persons motivated by great compassion, or through the practice of auterities, may attain this enlightened state. In Theravāda Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is a person who is on the path to attain enlightenment.

The scroll held in the figure's right hand signifies that this Bodhisattva is the Manjushri — the embodyment of spiritual wisdom.

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