figure (ritual & belief: representations); ritual object

Large brass shrine with three figures seated on an elaborately decorated plinth. The central figure is Manjusri seated on a lotus. He has three faces and six arms, in his upper right hand he carries the sword of wisdom lifted above his shoulder, in other hands a vajra, bell, cakra and other atrributes, and has a smaller female figure seated on his lap, perhaps Tara. There are two flanking figures are also each seated on a lotus. A detachable arch fits into the back of the plinth, in the form of a vine decorated with leaves and large protruding flowers. Detachable canopy is inserted into the top of the arch.

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