Bodhisattva Manjusri
9th century
Asia: India, Kashmir
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Manjusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, stands confidently with his peacock companion, who looks up adoringly at his master. Manjusri is portrayed as a handsome young god; his right hands exhibit the gesture of charity and hold a rosary and three jewels, while his left hands hold a manuscript, a flowering lotus and a fruit. The elaborate tiara with floral crests, the multiple necklaces and the long garland reaching nearly to his feet are all typical of Kashmiri sculptures.


  • Title: Bodhisattva Manjusri
  • Date: 9th century
  • Medium: Bronze inlaid with silver and copper
  • Dimensions: overall: 20-1/8 x 7-3/4 x 4-1/4 in. (51.1 x 19.7 x 10.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
  • Accession Number: F.1978.27.S
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Treasures from the Himalayas: Sacred Treasures from Tibet, Nepal and Northern India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2003-05-30 to 2003-10-27

Painting and Sculpture from Nepal, Tibet and Northwest India

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1994-09-22 to 1997-06-01
  • Fisher, Robert E., Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 3 p. 50
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Marg, fig. 16 pp. 61, 66, 68, 73
  • Schroeder, Ulrich von, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, no. 16G pp. 104, 107-109, 118-119
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, American Collectors of Asian Art, 1986, fig. 16 pp. 132, 137
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, The Great Tradition: Indian Bronze Masterpieces, 1988, fig. 8 p. 94
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 2: Art from the Himalayas & China, 2003, Fig. 6, no. 3 pp. 15, 34-35
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 763 p. 336
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