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Aug 31, 2018

Seven Leaves from a Manuscript of the Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

Seven Leaves from a Manuscript of the Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

1000s-1100s

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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaves

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

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.49

Location

Exhibition

Text and Image in Southern Asia​ (Indian Painting and Himalayan rotation)

Did you know?

Russian artist Svyatoslav Roerich (1904–1993) collected 144 pages of this manuscript in India.

Description

These pages come from a long horizontal book of 355 palm leaves, now dispersed among many collections. Featuring the pilgrim Sudhana on his quest to reach enlightenment, the text was especially influential in the spread of Buddhism to East Asia. These leaves are from the sole surviving illustrated manuscript of this text in its original language of Sanskrit.

Video

On My Mind: Scripture of the Supreme Array
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