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Page from the Manuscript of "The Five Protections"

Sri Ananda Buddhi, Nepalese, b. 12th century

Creation date: 1138
Creation place: Nepal

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and ink on palm leaves and wood boards
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.156.20
Dimensions: 2 3/16 in. x 23 5/8 in. (5.56 cm x 60.01 cm)

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
The Pancharaksha (translated as the “Five Protections”) is composed of five hymns addressed to the five Buddhist protective goddesses who can be invoked for aid against specific illnesses or problems. The Pancharaksha is considered amongst the oldest of Buddhist scriptures, with fragments of the text being found in Central Asian manuscripts dated to the first century AD. Even today, it is still popular in Nepal, where many Buddhist households keep a copy of the text.
The note at the end of this very important copy of the text records that it was written by the scribe Sri Ananda Buddhi at a monastery in Kathmandu in the year 1138.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Jinah Kim. A Book of Buddhist Goddesses: Illustrated Maunscripts of the "Pancaraksa Sutra" and Their Ritual Uses Artibus Asiae Publishers. 2010
Page Number: 259-329, Figure Number: 1-5

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