Manjushri was first introduced in the Prajnaparamita Sutra as the Bodhisattva who symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha. As a result, this book of wisdom is featured resting inside the lotus blossoming over his left shoulder. Indeed, our Manjushri statue is strongly affiliated with transcendental wisdom. However, his most traditional symbol of the highest wisdom is the flaming sword that he wields above his right shoulder. The sword represents the gentle annihilation of ignorance.
In his left hand he holds the stem of the lotus flower between his index finger and thumb. This is because the lotus is very symbolic in Buddhism. Since the lotus flower is very common in Asia, it has become the symbol for enlightenment. As a result, Buddhist devotees who struggle through the sea of samsara use this symbol for inspiration. In the same way that the lotus seed grows from the muddy pond bottom to blossom above the surface in the clean air and sunshine.
Additional features of our Manjushri statue include the elaborate crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. He also is depicted wearing the ushnisha topknot, necklines and elongated ears which are the signs of high social status in ancient India.
Our artisans in Patan, Nepal have been perfecting the lost wax method of metal casting for many centuries. As a result, they have come to be the preferred source of the Tibetan monasteries. Therefore, when you purchase our Manjushri statue you can rest assured that you have procured a monastic quality traditional Tibetan sculpture.