Lion (Mañjuśrī’s Pedestal)


Lion (Mañjuśrī’s Pedestal)

Sculpture / Nara

Heian period, 12th century

Wood, single block construction

H 39.2


Formerly kept in Onjō-ji temple, Shiga


This lion was originally employed as the animal pedestal for a statue of Monju Bosatsu (Skt. Mañjuśrī). It was said to be come from Onjō-ji Temple in Shiga Prefecture. The body was painted with blue, the mane was painted with green and the belly was painted with red. The waist was interpreted in a very high, exaggerated position, however muscles, nails and the framework were realistically expressed.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.138, no.151.

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