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Loan Object

Book Cover with Bodhisattva Manjushri and Attendants

late 11th–12th century

Ink and opaque watercolor on wood

4 1/2 × 13 3/4 × 13/16 in. (11.5 × 35 × 2 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
In India and the Himalayas, Buddhist texts known as sutras or tantras were written on long, flat palm leaves or pieces of paper that were cut to mimic the leaves’ shape. The texts were often accompanied by additional images that were painted between the lines. The leaves were tied together and placed between wooden covers, which were painted or carved with images of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and protectors.
Tibet, China
Not on view
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