MANUSCRIPT OF THE FIVE PROTECTIONS (PANCHARAKSHA) DURING MUGHAL EMPEROR ABBASID CALIPHATE

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December 31, 1116
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Religion and Festival
Abbasid Caliphate

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Manuscript of the Five Protections (Pancharaksha)
1117

Part of a set. See all set records

Eastern India, Bihar
Gum tempera, ink, and gold on palm leaf; 14 illustrated folios and 71 text pages

Overall: 5.7 x 54.6 cm (2 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)

On Loan from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 16.2014

DID YOU KNOW?

Seeing the painting of each goddess is as efficacious as reading the text.

DESCRIPTION

This manuscript of the Five Protections, containing five extended dharanis or "spells" of protection, was painted in northeastern India during the reign of Ramapala (r. 1078/79 - 1131), king of the Pala dynasty. According to information in the colophon, the work was completed on August 2, 1117. This text remains especially popular in Nepal. Portable palm-leaf manuscripts such as this were main transmittors of tantric Buddhism from India to the Himalayas especially during the 12th to 13th century.

CITATIONS

Mace, Sonya Rhie. “Clearing the Course: Folio 348 of the Nepalese Gaṇḍavyūha-sūtra in the Cleveland Museum of Art.” Religions 2020, 11(4), 183. Reproduced: Fig. 11 doi.org

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).

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Mohmedd shareef

Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.

Mirza Firuz

This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???

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