University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C405C
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Yuan Dynasty
Date Made: Yuan Dynasty
Early Date: 1279
Late Date: 1368
Technique:Woodblock Printed
Iconography:Buddhist Text
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1923


Book found inside the lacquer figure C405A. One of two long sections torn from a large sutra printed in Chinese and illustrated with many wood block cuts. Was accordion type book. Good quality printing with well shaped and nicely arranged characters. Good craftsmanship in the wood cuts. Paper is an old tan of soft but tough texture and is in a strip 13 inches wide. Folds come at 5 inch intervals. The book to which this belongs is probably one of the more popular sutras. The illustration shows the beginning of a chapter on Virtuous Works and bears the title "No Measure nor Limit to Virtuous Works." Represents a man who, through his good deeds, was enabled to leave his body and come up to Buddha where, in the full realization of the truth of the sutras, he attained to a state of perfect joy.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions (22 Oct 2011 - 22 Oct 2011)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1927. A Chinese Buddhistic Statue in Dry Lacquer. The Museum Journal. Volume XVIII (No. 3): 284-294. : Page/Fig./Plate: pp.292-294View Objects cited in this Publication

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