Japan, 19th century, Large bronze and cloisonné enamel group depicting the bodhisattva Man

19th century
Asian Arts
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    Large bronze and cloisonné enamel group depicting Manjusri

    Japan
    19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)


    Important bronze group depicting the boddhisattva Manjusri in his Japanese form Manju bosatsu. He is shown perched on a Buddhist lion, seated in the ardhaparyanka (royal relaxation) position, with a long stole resting on his shoulders, wrapped around his forearms and extending to his feet. Dressed in a loose-fitting, open-chested tunic, he is adorned with a large pectoral, arm and wrist bracelets, earrings and a diadem. The hair falls in broad locks to the shoulders, the face is serene, the left hand resting on the thigh, the right hand holding the Buddhist scepter (nyoi).
    The lion, mouth open and fangs visible, its tail swirled in wide, swirling curls and tufts of hair in broad, undulating locks. This threatening attitude is intended to protect Buddhist doctrine and ward off evil spirits.

    In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, bodhisattvas are spiritual beings moved by compassion for all suffering creatures. Bodhisattvas vow not to attain supreme enlightenment as long as there is a single being to save.
    Manjusri is the bodhisattva of wisdom and enlightened mind, personification of the Buddha's teachings.

    Bronze and cloisonné enamel
    47.5 x 44.5 cm
    Minor casting defects, wear
    Private collection

    Ref: GILSX6KFX3

    Condition Good
    Style Asian Arts (Asian Tribal Art of Asian Arts Style)
    Period 19th century (Asian Tribal Art 19th century)
    Country of origin Japan
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 38090, Villefontaine, France
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