University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C405B
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Yuan Dynasty
Date Made: Yuan Dynasty
Early Date: 1279
Late Date: 1368
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Iconography:Buddhist Text
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1923

Description

Three pages (55, 56, 57) from the Prajnaparamita class of sutras, this one is known as the Eight Thousand whose subject is emptiness. It is written in white and silver Tibetan characters on deep blue paper of a very heavy quality. Certain characters are rendered in an older script which may date it to at least a thousand years old. There are two holes for the pins which held the leaves of the book to its carved wooden covers. Found inside dry lacquer Buddha statue dated to the Yuan Dynasty, C405A.


Bibliography:

[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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