This forty inch high and twenty-six inch wide brass image represents one of the early forms of Manjushri, the Buddhist Bodhisattva who stands for wisdom and knowledge, more particularly the knowledge of linguistics and grammar.
The image of the deity, with its two arms and the book Prajnaparmita, carried over a lotus, pursues initial idiom of Manjushri imagery. In early innovations, Manjushri images had normal two arms, and only rarely four, carrying in one of them a 'khadaga', sword, and in the other the book Prajnaparmita. Sometimes the book was carried over a lotus.
With the sword, Manjushri is conceived as eliminating darkness, and with the book, as spreading true knowledge.
Made in India with much care and respect by Buddhist craftsmen and women.