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Pair of Manuscript Covers with Buddhist Deities
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Buddhist Deities
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Summary

This pair of wooden covers protected the palm-leaf folios of a Buddhist sacred text. One cover has the nine Buddhist goddesses, each holding a staff surmounted by the wish-fulfilling jewel (cintamani), while the other cover has the five transcendental Buddhas flanked by four bodhisattvas. Painted on the interior, the iconography offers a protective field to the holy text within, in this case likely the Perfection of Wisdom text, the Ashtasathasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra.
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Date

1000 - 1099
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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