A 24k golden finish is the specialty of the Shakya caste which is featured on this golden Manjushri statue. The method of fire gilding was used to apply the finish to the statue. As a result, the buyer can rest assured they have purchased a 24k pure gold statue finish. This is the result of carefully applying a solution of mercury and gold to the statue and then applying high levels of heat with a torch. The mercury along with all of the impurities in the gold evaporates leaving a pure golden finish.
Additionally, our Manjushri statues are hand sculpted by the world class artisans in Patan, Nepal. The Nepali traditional lost wax sculpting method was developed over 1000 years ago. Additionally, the methods have been protected within the caste from generation to generation. As a result, the statues they produce are the best in the world.
Golden Manjushri Statue Features
This golden Manjushri statue features his classic pose with the flaming sword raised over his right shoulder. Indeed, this pose of Manjushri represents the gentle annihilation of ignorance. The sword does not represent violence, only wisdom. The objective is to encourage the use of wisdom to defeat ignorance. Thus, light will triumph over darkness.
Manjushri is depicting the Abhaya mudra with the left hand held in front of the chest. As a result, devotees should feel fearlessness and protection when viewing this statue. Additionally, Manjushri sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. A lotus flower grows over his left shoulder and Book of Wisdom is lying inside.
The deity behind our Manjushri statue has his origins in the Prajnaparamita Sutra. In English “prajna” translates as wisdom and “paramita” translates as perfection. Therefore, Manjushri is believed by devotees to embody the Buddha’s wisdom. Indeed, this is the highest and most pure form of wisdom. The Prajnaparamita Sutra took 7 centuries to complete. The process initiated in 100 ACE and it was finally completed in 600 ACE. Learn more about Manjushri here.