Miniature Manjushri Thangka. Scroll. Printed. Silk. China.
Manjushri (aka The Gentle Glory) is the oldest / most significant Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and is the embodiment of transcendent wisdom.
His right hand holds a flaming sword, which represents the sharpness of prajna that can cut through the growth of suffering and the net of wrong views. The flame lights up the darkness, just as the light of wisdom dispels the darkness of ignorance.
His image – especially on Thangka scrolls – is most often seen on the walls of meditation halls, libraries and scripture study rooms in monasteries.
This Thangka was printed and assembled in village outside Chengu, Sichuan Province. A yellow silk cloth covers the image when not in use. Red ribbons to secure.