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Buddhist Amulet with Bodhisattva and Donor

late 9th–10th century CE

Ink and color on silk

8 11/16 × 8 5/8 in. (22.1 × 21.9 cm)
sheet: 8 1/4 × 8 1/4 in. (21 × 21 cm)
without mounting: 8 1/4 × 8 1/4 in. (21 × 21 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.), Five Dynasties period (907–60 C.E.)

Initially excavated in Honan region--found folded in small bronze box 1 5/8 x 1/2" covered with green patina (box is in the collection); Jorg Trubner collection in Berlin; Edgar Worch, New York, 1930; Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 296, ill.

Mimi Gardner Gates, The Communion of Scholars: Chinese Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New York: China House Gallery, 1982), 95–96, no. 42, ill.

George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 42, no. 63, ill.

Paul Copp, The Body Incantatory : Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), cover ill., fig. 2.3, 2.4.

Katherine R. Tsiang, Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang : Rites and Teachings for this Life and Beyond, eds. Matthew T. Kapstein and Sam van Schaik (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010), fig. 13.

Paul Copp, “Altar, Amulet, Icon Transformations in Dharani Amulet Culture,740–980,” Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie 17 (2008): fig. 1.

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