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Covers of a "Manjusrinamasamgiti" Manuscript


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Description The text is "Chanting the Names of Manjushri," the bodhisattva of wisdom. In the central position on the upper cover is the eight-armed Namasamgiti, an embodiment or personification of the text. He is flanked by the Buddha Shakyamuni, shown preaching, and an eight-armed Avalokiteshvara. On the lower cover, Vasudhara, goddess of wealth, is at the center with the bodhisattvas Lokeshvara (left) and Maitreya (right).
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Ian Alsop, New York and Santa Fe [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, June 1987, by purchase.
Inscriptions Namasangiti
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford

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Period
12th century
Medium
wood binding with pigment, ink on palm leaves
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
F.142
Measurements
W: 2 1/8 x L: 11 1/2 in. (5.4 x 29.2 cm)
Geographies
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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