Gilded wooden manuscript cover or glegs shing


About this object

A deeply carved and gilded wooden manuscript cover. The carving shows three Buddhist figures seated on pedestals. Vairochana, one of the five Celestial Buddhas is on the left, Prajnaparamita in the centre and Sakyamuni Buddha on the right.

This would have originally contained the Prajnaparamita or ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ text, an important volume of the Kanjur (Tibetan Buddhist Canon).

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
    1074 mm
  • Related people
    John Claude White ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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