Textile Wrapper for Jingoji Sutras

A work made of bamboo, silk, mica, and gilt bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bamboo, silk, mica, and gilt bronze.

Date:

12th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This wrapper would have held 10 sutra scrolls.  It is made of about 300 strips of bamboo dyed black and fastened with colorful braided silk cords, the coloring of which softly shades from green to white to orange-red. Under the bamboo is a sheet of mica that gives the wrapper added opulence and also protects the sutra from water. Three wrought-metal butterflies adorn the embroidered silk frame. The wooden tag affixed to the wrapper says, “Rules and Laws on Lives of Monks and Nuns (Maka sôgi ritsu).”

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Asian Art

Title

Textile Wrapper for Jingoji Sutras

Origin

Japan

Date

1099–1199

Medium

Bamboo, silk, mica, and gilt bronze

Dimensions

45.5 x 31.1 cm (17 3/4 x 12 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; Alyce and Edwin DeCosta and the Walter E. Heller Foundation Fund

Reference Number

2008.158

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