Young Bodhisattva

Made of bonded bronze

Hand-patinated to reflect the original finish.

3 3/4"H; 3 3/8'' diam.

Item No.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Oriental Asian Buddhist

This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

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Our hand-patinated figure is developed from a sixteenth-century Tibetan bronze depicting a youthful Manjushri sitting on a throne with a lotus flower in his hand. In the Buddhist pantheon, Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, is one of the most important deities. A bodhisattva is a spiritual being who has gained enlightenment, but who renounces nirvana and remains in the world to help others. Buddhism was introduced to Tibet by the seventh century, and by the fifteenth century, stylistic influences from the art of Nepal and China had fused into a truly Tibetan synthesis. Many sculptures and paintings were made as aids for Buddhist meditation to remind viewers that, by achieving worldly detachment, they could reach full enlightenment and be released from the earthly world.
Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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