Manjushri (left) and VajrapŒani (right) - pair of Bodhisattvas
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ABS 018

 Code: ABS 018

  Country: Tibet (central)

  Style: Nepalese School

  Date: 1500 - 1600

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 18.1 x 48.5 x 2.3

  Materials: Hammered copper

Manjushri and Vajrapani

Vajrapani and Manjushri are the earliest boddhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism. With Avalokiteshvara (the manifestation of all the buddha’s compassion), they often form a triad of protective deities surrounding the Buddha. They are victorious over the three poisons of hatred, greed and ignorance/delusion. Vajrapani is the manifestation of all the Buddha’s energies in action, and Manjushri represents the wisdom of all the Buddhas. Manjushri on the left side lifts his right hand in the gesture of argumentation (vitarka-mudra) and extends the left hand in the gesture of charity (varada-mudra). Mirrored on the right side, Vajrapani extends the right hand in the gesture of charity (varada- mudra) and lifts his left hand in the gesture of argumentation (vitarka-mudra). Both wear princely ornaments and hold the stalks of lotus flowers or lilies bearing their symbols: The sword of discerning wisdom (kadga) for Manjushri, the diamond scepter of the power of compassion (vajra) for Vajrapani.