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Pair of Manuscript Covers

Thakuri period
11th–12th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Wood with repoussé gilt copper and color
a: 2 7/16 x 16 3/16 in. (6.2 x 41.1 cm) b: 2 7/16 x 16 9/16 in. (6.2 x 42.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Phlanthropic Fund Gift; Lewis Charitable Foundation,The Midgard Foundation and Randall D. Smith Foundation Gifts and funds from various donors, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.78.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
These covers once protected the palm-leaf folios of a religious text. The interior surface has traces of original paint. The outer surfaces are clad in copper sheet with a repoussé foliate meander design and gilded. Copper discs served to secure a binding cord.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition," July 29, 2008–March 22, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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