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Buddhist Amulet with Bodhisattva and Donor

late 9th–10th century CE

Ink and color on silk

8 11/16 x 8 5/8 in. (22.1 x 21.9 cm) sheet: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (21 x 21 cm) without mounting: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (21 x 21 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
Tang dynasty (618–907) Five Dynasties (907–960)
By appointment

Edgar Worch, New York, 1930. Charm formerly part of Jorg Trubner collection in Berlin. 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).


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

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

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

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, 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.

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