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Manuscript cover showing a seated Buddha and the bodhisattva Manjushri
Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Sutra cover
Materials: Colors on paper with brocade and wood
Dimensions: H. 6 7/8 in x W. 21 3/4 in, H. 17.5 cm x W. 55.2 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: B72D62
On Display: No

Description

Label: This manuscript cover features the image of a seated Buddha Shakyamuni on the left, while on the right appears an image of the sword-wielding bodhisattva Manjushri. In Buddhist thought, bodhisattvas are so spiritually advanced that they forego the bliss of nirvana, instead remaining in the world to help suffering beings. Manjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom, whose sword separates truth from illusion. Between Shakyamuni and Manjushri, an inscription in Mongolian specifies the text that the manuscript cover once protected; its exact nature is the subject of ongoing research.
Label: This manuscript cover features the image of a seated Buddha Shakyamuni on the left, while on the right appears an image of the sword-wielding bodhisattva Manjushri. In Buddhist thought, bodhisattvas are so spiritually advanced that they forego the bliss of nirvana, instead remaining in the world to help suffering beings. Manjushri is the bodhisattva of wisdom, whose sword separates truth from illusion. Between Shakyamuni and Manjushri, an inscription in Mongolian specifies the text that the manuscript cover once protected; its exact nature is the subject of ongoing research.