Monju (Bodhisattva Manjusri) on Lion (Translation)
文殊菩薩騎獅像 鎌倉時代 彩色寄木造 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

14th century
Wood with polychrome, lacquer, copper, crystal, glass
Overall: 98 7/8 × 35 13/16 × 56 11/16 in. (251.14 × 90.96 × 143.99 cm)
Mount: 10 1/4 × 35 × 56 in. (26.04 × 88.9 × 142.24 cm)
These rare examples of monumental sculptures show two bodhisattvas descending to earth, as in a scene described in the Lotus Sutra. The sword in Monju’s hand represents his wisdom and protects against ignorance and evil, while the scrolled sutra in the other hand suggests the source of his wisdom. Fugen, on the elephant, is considered a protector of Buddhist law. Their elaborate crowns and jewelry suggest their noblility and connection to Shayamuni Buddha.
Kamakura period (1185-1333)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Barriault, Anne B., and Kay M. Davidson. Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (pp 142-145)
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