Gilded wooden manuscript cover inlaid with turquoise or glegs shing


About this object

A deeply carved and gilded wooden manuscript cover. The carving shows Shakyamuni Buddha, Prajnaparamita and Vairochana surrounded by tiny Buddhist figures. It would have covered the Prajnaparamita text from the Kanjur. On the back of the cover is an inscription and dedication to the person who commissioned the book in red and gold.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Writing
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    14th Century
  • Materials
    Gold; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1889 - 1908
  • Measurements
    360 mm x 830 mm
  • Related people
    John Claude White ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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