male figure with halo reading a handscroll while sitting on a lion with curly mane and tail

Monju on a Lion, second half 17th century

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The bodhisattva Monju (Sanskrit: Mañjuśri) is depicted here reading a sutra on the back of his vehicle, a blue lion. This painting once served as the right-hand scroll of a triad of Buddhist deities centered on the historical Buddha, Shaka (S: Shakyamuni). Monju and his blue lion would have been balanced on the far left by the bodhisattva Fugen (S: Samantabhadra), who rides a white elephant.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Monju on a Lion
Artist Life
1643 - 1682
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.71
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 159
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male figure with halo reading a handscroll while sitting on a lion with curly mane and tail