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Leaf from Prajnaparamita Manuscript: Buddha Shakyamuni and Prajnaparamita
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Leaf from Prajnaparamita Manuscript: Buddha Shakyamuni and Prajnaparamita


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Description This is a leaf from a "Prajnaparamita" (Perfection of Wisdom) manuscript. The text, written in Tibetan language and script, is a translation of a Sanskrit text that was produced in India as much as a thousand years earlier. The translation of hundreds and hundreds of texts into Tibetan was an immense cultural achievement. On the left appears the Buddha Shakyamuni on the night of his enlightenment at Bodhgaya. The tree under which he was enlightened appears above the temple. The goddess at right is Prajnaparamita, a personification of the text or an embodiment of its words. This is the first leaf. The last leaf includes a statement that this sacred object was commissioned by two children for the use of their parents, following their rebirth on earth.
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.
  • Goddess Divine Energy. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. 2006-2007.
  • Embodying the Holy: Icons in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism. Rubin Museum of Art, New York. 2010-2011.
  • Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books. Rubin Museum of Art, New York. 2012.
Provenance Ian Alsop, New York and Santa Fe; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1998; given to Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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Period
13th century
Medium
gold ink on blue-dyed paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.856.1
Measurements
H: 9 3/8 x W: 27 1/4 in. (23.81 x 69.22 cm); Framed H: 12 3/4 x W: 33 3/8 x D: 2 1/4 in. (32.39 x 84.77 x 5.72 cm)
Geographies
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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