Vadisimha Manjushri – The "Lion of disputants"
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ABS 360

 Code: ABS 360

  Country: India (Kurkihar, Bihar)

  Style: Late Pala Style

  Date: 1000 - 1100

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 8 x 13 x 3.2

  Materials: Bronze

Vadisimha Manjushri – The "Lion of disputants"

This statue of Manjushri represents the bodhisattva of wisdom sitting on a lion in the ease posture, his two hands joined in the teaching gesture. Adorned with the royal ornaments proper to the divine manifestations, his wears a crown and the ritual cord crosses his chest. His eyes, urna, lips, and jewels are inlaid with metals.

This statue, along with two others (ABS 361 & ABS 362) come from the site of Kurkihar, India, where in 1930 there was a major archaeological discovery of over two hundred and twenty buried metal statues. Located in the Bihar region near Bodhgaya, where it is said that the Buddha reached Enlightenment, it was an important pilgrimage site as well as a major art production center. The artworks produced there are a singular example of the north Indian Pala style.