Bodhisattva Manjushri

18th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

Manjushri, the orange Bodhisattva of Wisdom, sits in the posture of royal ease (lalitasana) with his right hand in front of his breast in the gesture of argumentation (vitarkamudra). This hand and the one resting on his knee both hold the stalks of lotus flowers carrying his identifying attributes, a sword and a book. The surrounding figures are engaged in making offerings and veneration. At the top and bottom are small narrative scenes, possibly depicting his previous lives. Based on comparisons to other known sets, this work would likely have been the fifth painting in a set of seven.


  • Title: Bodhisattva Manjushri
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.40.1
  • Medium: Mineral Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Eastern Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12), Rubin Museum of Art, "Wutaishan: Pilgrimage to Five Peak Mountain" (05/10/07 - 10/16/07)

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