Monju (Bodhisattva Manjusri) on Lion (Primary Title)
文殊菩薩騎獅像 鎌倉時代 14世紀 木造彩色 寄木造 (Translation)

Unknown (Artist)

Educational
14th century
Japanese
Wood with polychrome, lacquer, copper, crystal, glass
Japan
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)
66.73.1a-e
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)
Unsigned
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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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