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|Date Made:||Tang Dynasty|
|Credit Line:||Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1915|
|Other Number:||Getz 15 - Other Number|
Wenshu (Manjusri in Sanskirt) is the bodhisattva of wisdom. He often rides a lion, as he does here. Other attributes include him holding the Prajnaparamita sutra, the book of Perfect Knowledge, in his left hand, and a sword in his right with a flaming point used to drive away darkness and ignorance. Chinese followers believed Mount Wutai in Shanxi province was Wenshu's abode, making it a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. Wenshu is often paried with Puxian (Samantabhadra in Sanskrit) who rides an elephant. The statue is made of marble with traces of pigment and gilding.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
|Chinese Rotunda (1968)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|Exhibition of Oriental Art (12 Feb 1916)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1941. "The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 9. no. 2-3. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 60||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Article] 1930. "An Example of T'ang Sculpture". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 1. no. 3. pg. 19-23 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 7-50||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China.. London. E. Benn, Ltd. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 136, Plate 502||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 183 no.15||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
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