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Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Verses


This manuscript, dated to around 1191, is written on long palm leaves gathered in a bundle. Made up of 218 folios with coloured margins decorated with representations of small shrines, it presents a Sanskrit text that is one of the earliest and most important Buddhist sutras. Four series of three original illuminations painted in bright colours show divine beings seated on thrones in graceful poses.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Artwork Details

Title: Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Verses
Geography: Eastern India
Date: 1191

Medium: ink and gouache on palm leaves

Classification: manuscript
Dimensions: 6.2 x 55.5 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2014.032
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