Asthasahasrika Prajnaparamita

ca. 1112 (made)


Length: 53.3 cm, Width: 6.3 cm

IS.5-1958 SSEA

Manuscript, Asthasahasrika Prajnaparamita, palm leaf, painted, Bengal, ca. 1112

Folio from an Asthasahasrika Prajnaparamita manuscript, in gouache and ink on palm leaf. [recto] Text commencing: 'ni balanam bhima-darsana- until: (v.21) prajna-para-para-'. Left: The Bodhisattva Maitreya (yellow) seated in maharajalilasana with left leg horizontal on a white lotus seat with characteristic flowering branch above his left shoulder. His hands are in the teaching attitude, dharmachakra mudra. By his left side sits the dwarf Acharya Vajrapani (blue), wearing a tiger skin loin cloth. Centre: The Bodhisattva Manjusri (white) seated in lalitasana upon a red lotus seat with hands in dharmachakra mudra and a lotus on either side. Seated to his left is Hayagriva (red) wearing a tiger skin. On his right is seated Avalokitesvara (yellow) with hands in anjali mudra. According to the identification supplied to Vredenburg by Foucher, this is Avalokitesvara with Tara seated on his right, but Dr Conze points out that Avalokitesvara is never shown in dharmachakra mudra and in any case this Bodhisattva has two lotuses, as in the case of the Tibetan Manjusri. The yellow figure does not have breasts and is therefore not Tara. Right: Avalokitesvara (white) seated in maharajalilasana on a pink lotus seat with his right hand in varada mudra (gift bestowing) and his left holding the stem of a lotus. To his left sits Hayagriva (red) with a third eye and wearing a tiger skin loin cloth. [verso] Text commencing: 'yanam (end of Hymn - beginning of the Sutra): evam maya srutam - until (A i 4) naham Bhagavams tan dharmam samanu-pasya (mi yad uta bodhisattva iti)'.

Acquired from Mr T Harris, 39 Westmark Point, Roehampton, London, SW15, England

Location: In Storage

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