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Upper Cover from an Unidentified Manuscript

Asian Art

MEDIUM Wood, color
  • Place Made: Tibet
  • DATES ca. 14th century
    DIMENSIONS 10 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (27.6 x 69.9 x 3.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1997.59.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Asian Art Council
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Drawing, in black line on red on the inside of a book cover, of twelve dancing female images with long black hair and scarves flowing, within scrolls emanating from a central amrita vase. The jewelry and costume detail of each figure is painted in gold. A floral scroll border emanates from a makara mask at the center of the lower border. Between scrolls are lotus tendrils and flowers. With one exception (the hand of the figure one in from the lower left), the detail is drawn with the fluidity and energy typical of early Buddhist painting in Nepal and Pala India. One panel edge is carved in low relief covered with a gold wash, with floral decoration and the letter "ba". The outer surface is carved with an amrita vase from which flows an interlocking foliate scroll. The outer borders consist of repeated beaded design and overlapping lotus petals.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Upper Cover from an Unidentified Manuscript, ca. 14th century. Wood, color, 10 7/8 x 27 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (27.6 x 69.9 x 3.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Asian Art Council, 1997.59.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.59.3_back_SL5.jpg)
    IMAGE back, 1997.59.3_back_SL5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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