Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha: Folios and Covers from a Pancaraksha Manuscript
Bihar, eastern India
Ink on palm leaf; painted wooden covers
Lent by Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gift of Fritz and Monica von Schulthess
Rights and Reproduction:
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gift of Fritz and Monica von Schulthess
Not on view
This traditional Indian manuscript is the oldest form of the book recorded in India. It is known from the second century A.D. The earliest example with painted illuminations dates from the eleventh century.
In the collection of Nizam of Hyderabad. Entered the collection of the Museum Rietberg Zurich in 1987.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900," September 26, 2011–January 8, 2012.