University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleSatasahasrikaprajna-paramita
Object Number:A1442
Current Location: Collections Storage
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Maker: Unknown
Date Made: 9th Century - 19th Century
Early Date: 800
Late Date: 9th Century - 19th Century
Gold Leaf
Cut Out
Iconography:Buddhist Literature
Inscription Language:Tibetan Language
Tibetan Dbu Can Script
Credit Line:Purchased from George Lagai, Kny-Sheerer & Company, 1913
Other Number:GETZ 143 - Other Number
M14 - Levitt Number


Creed book written in dbu can script. No scribe or date given. Complete. Carved slab of wood for cover. 3 niches. 342 leaves in blue with gold lettering. Other slab painted but not carved. Paper colored a deep blue. Writing in tan with several sads on first folio and on f.28 verso in gold leaf. There are some letters on ff.26 and 258 which have been written over with gold leaf. A lacquer covers the area on which there is writing. On ff.319 and 320 paper has been pasted on the right side and colored deep blue as are the rest of the folios. Small tears in ff.21 and 26 have been sewn together with thread. A very few other folios only have small tears which have not been repaired. In some places mistakes have been deleted with a remover, leaving blank spaces with the blue of the paper only on the line. Instances of this are, however, very few. There are a few smudges of letters. Ff.131, 203, and 257 are slightly smaller than the other folios. F.239 is on usually thich paper. F.1 is constituted of five leaves of paper strung together, with a cutout of the first leaf of the folio verso, the text being written on the leaf under this. An orange, blue, yellow, and white piece of silk which can be lifted up in order to see the text is inserted over the text on the first folio verso in back of the cutout. A piece of hemp pull cloth is on the left side of f.1 recto. Gold, red, and black heavy wood covers. The upper cover has a relief carved on it which is painted red, gold, and black.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914) View Objects in Exhibition
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


[Catalogue] Levitt, Stephan H. 1980. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Indic and Greater Indic Manuscripts in the Collection of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania.. Philadelphia. The Library Chronicle. pg. 97-152 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 118-119View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bishop, Carl W. 1914. "Tibetan Sacred Art". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. V. no. No. 4. pg. 189-205 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 189-205View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East.. Philadelphia. pg. 52 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg.14 No. 2View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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