Himalayan Art Resources

Region: Wutaishan, Manjushri with 1000 Arms

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This is a very unusual form of Manjushri with possibly eleven faces and one thousand arms. The stacked heads are reminiscent of Avalokiteshvara. The first two pairs of hands hold a vajra and bell. Another pair of arms are stretched upwards with the two hands holding a single buddha. The remaining hands fanned out to the sides each hold a buddha figure. Manjushri sits in a western style with the legs in front and the soles of the feet on the ground - atop a giant tortoise. There is currently no available Tibetan or Sanskrit text describing this form of the deity and it is possible that it is unique to the Buddhists of Wutaishan Mountain.