Lot 19: 15th century Buddhist Sutra manuscript
12th February 2017
(Buddhist Manuscript), Tibetan Buddhist Sutra for recitation in rituals of the white parasol Goddess, Tibet, c.1450?. 60 unbound leaves. 70x180 mm, written in Tibetan on paper stained midnight blue or black in silver ink within red borders, mostly in four lines of ca. 30 syllables. Complete and with an extra (unrelated) leaf. A popular Mahayana canonical sutra listed as item 591 in the sDe-dge edition and 203 in the Peking. It was translated by the Indian pandit Parahitabhadra in collaboration with the Tibetan lotsaba gZu-dga'rdo-rje. The Sanskrit title on folio 2 recto reads: Arya- tathagatosnisa -sitatapatra -aprajita -mahapratyangira -paramasiddhi -nama -dharani , "the spell of supreme attainment of the noble [goddess] with a white parasol [who arose from] the head crest of the Buddha the unconquerable great one who repels [all enemies]." This title is preceded by a leaf protected by a worn piece of silk with two very worn paintings of the Buddha left and the Goddess right and text between them that simply states "in the language of India." Another leaf, a title-page with two lines of large calligraphic script, is not related to this text and must have accidentally been placed with it at some point. Condition: Quite worn and dulled so as to be difficult to read, paper fragile along edges but not damaged and text all present. Preserved in a modern blue cloth box.
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