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Ms. Indic 16 - Aṣṭasāhasrikā prajñāpāramitā
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Title:
Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Prajñāpāramitā. Aṣṭasāhasrikā. Selections.
Aṣṭasāhasrikā prajñāpāramitā, circa 1200-1399.
Physical description:
1 item (1 leaf) : palm leaf ; 48 x 5 cm.
Language(s):
In Sanskrit (Devanāgarī)
Summary:
Early manuscript leaf from Nepal, with a short section taken from a teaching (sūtra) on Mahāyāna Buddhist wisdom. There are three painted images: a larger, central figure, possibly the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, with two attendants on either side. These images are painted over the original script and so are later than the text.
Provenance:
Formerly owned by George P. Bickford (Cleveland, Ohio).
Formerly owned by Ken Robbins (Potomac, Maryland).
Gift of Ken Robbins, 2015.
Related names:
Bickford, George P. former owner.
Robbins, Kenneth X. former owner.
Subject:
Wisdom - Religious aspects - Buddhism - Early works to 1800.
Mahayana Buddhism - Doctrines - Early works to 1800.
Bodhisattvas - Art - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Treatises.
Illuminated manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 13th century.
Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 14th century.
Manuscripts - Nepal - 13th century.
Manuscripts - Nepal - 14th century.
Notes:
Title supplied by cataloger.
Written in 5 lines per leaf.
1 leaf.
Dated 1200-1399 based on previous appraisal.
Corrected text in margins; vertical borders indicated with triple black line surrounding three paintings.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Included, with images, in Czuma, Stanislaw. Indian art from the George P. Bickford Collection : catalogue (Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1975), no. 130.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Indic 16.
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Indic 16
Vernacular script:
अष्टसाहस्रिका प्रज्ञापारमिता, १२००-१३९९.

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Collection: Indic Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Sanskrit
Century: 13th century
Century: 14th century
Date: 1200
Genre: Illuminated manuscripts
Genre: Manuscripts - Nepal - 13th century
Genre: Manuscripts - Nepal - 14th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 13th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Sanskrit - 14th century
Subject: Bodhisattvas
Subject: Buddhism
Subject: Doctrines
Subject: Mahayana Buddhism
Subject: Religious aspects
Geography: Nepal
Related names: Bickford, George P. former owner
Related names: Robbins, Kenneth X. former owner