Book Cover with Figures of A Lama, Sadakshari, the Buddha, Prajnaparamita and Green Tara
Tibet
Ca. 13th century
Carved and painted wood
33 x 74 x 4.4 cm (13 x 29 ⅛ x 1 ¾ in)
Provenanace
Exhibited

Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin (June–September 2004)

The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (6 October–30 December 1999)

Publications

F. Ricca, Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya (Turin: Mondadori Electa, 2004), fig. IV.72

J. Watt, Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), no. 68422, as 12th century

D. Weldon and Casey Singer, J., The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection (London: Laurence King Pub, 1999), 57

At the centre of the [book cover] is the Buddha in bhumiparsa mudra, recalling his triumph over Mara (maravijaya) just prior to his enlightenment. He is flanked on his right by a Tibetan monk in bhumiparsa mudra and Sadaksari Lokesvara; and on his left, by Prajnaparamita and Green Tara. The figures wear long strands of pearls, here indicated by white dots; the textile designs on the skirts of Sadaksari and Prajnaparamita are an elaboration of the eastern Indian flower heads formed by dots and enclosed in circles.

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