Sthirachakra Manjushri
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ABS 136

 Code: ABS 136

  Country: India (north-west)

  Style: Spiti / Lahaul Region

  Date: 1000 - 1100

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.1 x 17 x 4.3

  Materials: Brass

Manjushri "Sthiracakra" 

Manjushri is the male equivalent of the female deity Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom). The meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom consists in recognising the voidness of all things, which leads to the liberation from the circle of rebirths.  

Manjushri wields a sword (khadga) with his right hand. The sword is double-edged: it cuts through the veils of ignorance and reveals both relative (everyday) and the absolute (transcendent) reality. In his right hand he holds a manuscript of the Prajnaparamita Sutra. These are the classical attributes of Bodhisattva Manjushri, a Buddhist deity of whom descriptions (sadhanas) of almost fifty different forms are known. 

The bodhisattva is clad with a cloth that is tied around the waist with a beaded belt. He is adorned with royal ornaments: a crown in front of the tall hair knot formed by his matted hair strands (jatamukuta), a pair of circular earrings, two necklaces, the "investiture with the sacred thread" (upavita), and ornaments on his upper arms and wrists.