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  Wen Shu

 

Thailand

A life-sized bronze statue of Wen Shu, the Chinese bodhisattva of learning and wisdom in Mahayana Buddhism. In iconography, he is often depicted riding a lion and holding a lotus flower. Whereas the lotus is a symbol of wisdom and Enlightenment, the bodhisattva riding the lion represents him using wisdom to tame the mind. As such, he is known as ‘the bodhisattva of keen awareness’. In Sanskrit, he is known as Manjushri (fig.).