A gilt wood and lacquer manuscript cover
Tibet, circa 13th century
The central panel carved in low relief with a makara emerging from two large spiraling water forms that spin in opposite directions, the beast is defined with a raised trunk and gaping mouth with mane painted green, the composition is framed by beaded edges and flame motif border, the left edge with a similar stylized motif.
15 x 30 1/4 in. (38 x 77.2 cm)