Manuscript page of Vajrapani & Manjushri

13th-14th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

This page depicts both a peaceful deity and a wrathful one. On the left is Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, who holds a weapon with which he fights ignorance: the sword of wisdom. On the right is the wrathful Buddha Vajrapani, who holds a vajra—a symbol of stability, firmness, and indestructibility—in his raised hand and makes a threatening gesture with the hand in front of his belly.


  • Title: Manuscript page of Vajrapani & Manjushri
  • Date Created: 13th-14th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 27 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2004.33.1
  • Medium: Pigments on paper
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books" (04/06/12 - 09/03/12), Rubin Museum of Art, "Gateway to Himalayan Art" (07/23/10 - 07/25/11), Rubin Museum of Art, "Demonic Divine in Himalayan Art" (11/15/04 - 03/13/06)

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