May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009

Folio 187 from a Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines: Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita

Folio 187 from a Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines: Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita

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Gum tempera and ink on palm leaf

Leaf: 5.4 x 56.2 cm (2 1/8 x 22 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1938.301.5

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In the center of the page is a seated goddess of wisdom, named Prajnaparamita, who personifies the content of the text itself. A red and white bodhisattva also attend her on either side.

This manuscript, consisting of 188 double-sided folios, was calligraphed by a scribe at a monastery in northeastern India, commissioned by a monk from Nepal. Judging from the style of the paintings, they are the work of Nepalese artists.

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