This elegant piece of namasangiti is made by pressing clay into a metal reverse-mold after which it was fired. Namasangiti is the twelve-armed form ofmanjushri-the embodiment of enlightened wisdom and knowledge, known as'gentle glory'. Namasangiti serenity in meditation is beautifully portrayed, seated on a lotus in the lotus posture (padmasana), namasangiti is in state of meditation.His multiple hands are holding a lotus, a bow, an arrow, and a sword. Other hands are held in'abhaya mudra' over the crown,'tarpan mudra' for homage, in'dhyana mudra' for meditation and taking ambrosia from the khepana vessel which holds the elixir of immortality, from which the final two hands are gently sprinkling the ambrosia. Such tablets were acquired by buddhist devotees and pilgrims as acts of merit, often at religious sites, as mementos and talismanic or protective keepsakes. The plaques often were made in one location and carried by pilgrims to be left at a site in another location, perhaps in a cave or at an important shrine. There is minor damage to the upper right side.
This item is made of clay and metal.