An illustrated palm leaf Nepal, 13th century
Lot 49
An illustrated manuscript page Nepal, 13th century
US$ 8,000 - 12,000
£5,000 - 7,500

Lot Details
An illustrated palm leaf Nepal, 13th century
An illustrated manuscript page
Nepal, 13th century
Distemper on palm leaf; with two illuminations and five lines of transitional Nagari script; with benign grahas depicted as elegant male divinities holding blue lotuses.
1 7/8 x 11 in. (4.7 x 27.7 cm)

Footnotes

  • This folio comes from a collection of dharanis or incantations. Traditionally dharanis are hymns addressed to the various Tantric Buddhist divinities in praise of them or for protection against various ills. Very few illuminated manuscripts of such texts survive from eastern India. Two leaves commissioned by a Nepalese visitor to the great monastery of Nalanda in Bihar (circa 1075 CE) with miniatures including a Prajnaparamita, Manjusri and scenes from the life of the Buddha are held in the Los Angeles County Art Museum (see, Pal, Indian Painting, Los Angeles, 1993, no. 3). Later manuscripts, almost exclusively from Nepal, normally show the divinity addressed, who are often minor divinities more akin to nature spirits as in this leaf.

    The recto has a brief colophon at the end of the Candrapane Graha Matrika Dharani, a hymn addressed to the mother of the graha Candrapani. Grahas are malevolent spirits who cause illnesses, here appearing benign. The text is couched in the traditional form of Buddhist sutras with the Buddha himself expounding the doctrine to his intimates on the correct worship of the grahas (grahanam puja).

    The fine gold illumination in this leaf is remarkable, and reflects the high regard in which Buddhist manuscripts were held. The depiction of the seated Buddha, with an ornate crown and armbands and displaying the mudra of preaching the law, is typical of Nepalese depictions.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Mark Rasmussen
    Specialist - Southeast Asian, Indian and Himalayan Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1688
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9009
  2. Edward Wilkinson
    Specialist - Southeast Asian, Indian and Himalayan Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5430
    FaxFax: + 323 850 5843
Similar Items