Sudhana and the Rishi Bhishmottaranirgosha: Folio 94 (recto), from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

Sudhana and the Rishi Bhishmottaranirgosha: Folio 94 (recto), from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

1000-1100s

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Ink and color on palm leaves

Average: 4.2 x 52.4 cm (1 5/8 x 20 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.49.2.a

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The sage has dreadlocks and wears a black antelope skin over his shoulder.

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The enlightened sage (rishi) places his hand on the pilgrim Sudhana's head and transmits his teachings through a trance-like vision. The name of his teaching is "Undefeated Banner," and the artist has painted an identifying banner behind him, at the right edge. This is one of the few paintings of this manuscript that explicitly relates to the text.

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