A Wood Manuscript Cover with the Five Tathagathas Tibet, 12th-14th century
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A wood manuscript cover with the five tathagatas Tibet, 11th-13th century
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A Wood Manuscript Cover with the Five Tathagathas Tibet, 11th-13th century
Lot Details
A wood manuscript cover with the five tathagatas
Tibet, 11th-13th century
The crowned tathagatas bordered by pearl and scrolling foliage motifs; the left edge with floral pattern; the right with kirtimukha.
4 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (10.5 x 35.8 cm)

Footnotes

  • With Pala and Kashmiri features, the present lot belongs among the earliest surviving Tibetan manuscript covers. Stylistic commonalities include the thin waists and triple-leaf crowns bearing likeness to Kashmiri sculpture, the swirling foliage indicative of Pala ornamentation, and the pearl border reminiscent of Sassanian and Sogdian roundels. For a comparison of these features with similar examples in the MacLean collection, see Sellig Brown, Protecting Wisdom, Canada, 2012, nos 1 & 6, pp. 38-9 & 56-9.
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