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The bodhisattva Manjushri

Anonymusc. 800 - c. 900

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In China, Manjushri is venerated as one of the first advocates of Buddhism. On Java he appears as a young man wearing straps of jewellery across his chest. This Manjushri is probably gesturing the turning of the wheel of wisdom: this symbolises the start of the Buddhist cycle of learning and the enlightenment that follows.

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