Oct 19, 2005

Folio 20, from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

Folio 20, from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

1000–1100s

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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf

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

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.49.1

Location

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The pages would have been bound into the book by strings running through the two holes in the center of the pages.

Description

A young male figure, probably the pilgrim Sudhana, sits on a cushion with a bolster and interacts with a parrot, perched on the trunk of a tree. Sudhana's gesture indicates that the bird should not be afraid. Most pages from this dispersed 355-folio manuscript have a single painting only on the recto side.

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