Pair of Manuscript Covers, Wood with repoussé gilt copper and color , Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Pair of Manuscript Covers

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
11th–12th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Wood with repoussé gilt copper and color
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Woodwork
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.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1994, sold to MMA]
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.