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Book Cover with the Seven Jewels
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Book Cover with the Seven Jewels

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Description Every successful and righteous ruler, it was said, has a set of seven "jewels." They are: the elephant (that is, an army's elephant brigade); above it, the wheel (here signifying the spread of Buddhism); the general; the minister; the queen; the horse (that is, the cavalry); and, above it, the gem (here referring to the Buddhist triple gem of the Buddha, the teaching, and the monkhood).
  • 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 Jacques Caramagues, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, July 14, 1986, by purchase.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford

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wood with pigments and gilding
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 9 1/2 x W: 28 1/8 x D: 1 3/8 in. (24.1 x 71.4 x 3.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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