Monju (Manjusri)

DATE:
1336–1392
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Ink, color, gold on silk
CLASSIFICATION:
Screens and Scrolls
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 71 1/2 x 25 in. (1 m 81.61 cm x 63.5 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
OBJECT NUMBER:
1970.8

General Description

This highly stylized image from esoteric Buddhist iconography represents the youthful bodhisattva Manjushri, embodiment of highest wisdom. His emblems are a book and a sword. The book, symbolizing Buddhist holy texts, rests on a lotus blossom; the flaming sword symbolically cleaves the darkness of ignorance. The striding lion represents Manjushri's physical strength and energy as complement to his wisdom. An adoring child attendant stands at the left, while an alert guardian king is at right.

Adapted from

Label text, 2015.