Wisdom-sword of Manjushri
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ABR 071

 Code: ABR 071

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1600 - 1700

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 17 x 42

  Materials: Gilt bronze mounted with neolithic nephrite axe

Sword of wisdom of Manjushri: Gilt bronze mounted with neolithic nephrite axe 

This neolithic nephrite axe was probably discovered in the 15th century in the Neudong district of the Yarlung valley. The Yarlung Valley was the cradle of Tibetan civilization in the  second century BC, at the time of the Tibetan emperors. On its discovery, it was probably interpreted to be the sword of Manjushri. Manjushri is the Buddha of Wisdom. With his sword of clear consciousness he cuts through all connections to illusions. This interpretation would explain why it was set in a pedestal as a precious altar object. The style of the lotus blossom is consistent with sculptures of that time. 
Provenance: Vincent Laloux, Brussels