Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Purifies the Path to Enlightenment, with Manjushri: Folio 348 (verso), from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

Bodhisattva Samantabhadra Purifies the Path to Enlightenment, with Manjushri: Folio 348 (verso), from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

1000-1100s

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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf

Average: 4.2 x 52.4 cm (1 5/8 x 20 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.49.7.b

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Blue-clad monks were said to visit prostitutes, drink liquor, and practice extreme tantric rituals.

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The painting in the center shows a righteous bodhisattva tossing aside a blue-skinned heretic, while an impious blue-clad monk sits behind them, the next to be overpowered by the righteous one. In the painting on the left, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri, brandishes his sword, and at the far right, a Buddhist priest (Vajracharya) sets fire to a Hindu sage in a rocky landscape.

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