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Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Sculpture from North India, 5th-7th Centuries
Jain sculpture
Sculpture of the Pala Period
Stone Sculpture from Hindu Temples
Sculptures from South India, 8th-9th Centuries
Bronze Sculpture of the Chola Period
Art for the Mughal and Rajput Courts
Hindu Temple Hangings
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal, and Tibet
Sculpture from Nepal
Sculpture from the Kushan Period
Two Bodhisattvas from Sri Lanka
Four Leaves from an Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript
India, Bihar or Bengal; about 1151 - 1200
Ink and opaque watercolor on palm leaf
Each, H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); W. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Before the use of paper became widespread in India, manuscripts were usually produced on leaves from a type of palm tree. The pages, originally stacked on top of each other, were strung together with a cord. This manuscript not only has images enhancing the central part of each leaf, but also has decoration at the ends of the leaves and surrounding the string holes. As is generally true in manuscripts of this type, the illustrations do not relate directly to the text, which is primarily a philosophical treatise on the nature of wisdom and compassion. The deities depicted are, from top to bottom, the bodhisattva Manjushri, the goddess Prajnaparamita, the goddess Tara, and a wrathful Dharmapala, literally a "protector of the Buddhist doctrine.
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