ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Pancaraksa
PRONUNCIATION: Pancaraksa
MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 70 x 180 mm
COMPONENTS: 56ff. Five line of Nepalese Lansa script in black ink on both sides of a surface of 40 x 140 mm. With 11 miniatures, each 35 mm wide and full height of the leaf. The first leaf is from a different manuscript, 60 x 177 mm, 5 lines of script on 35 x 135 mm with a 50 mm wide miniature, this leaf contains a short invocation. Wood covers, the beveled edges covered with repeated lotus petals.
CONDITION: Some textural leaves lacking. Once painted, now largely worn or darkened with use.
ITEM ID: 4351
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork
  • Artwork

Post a comment

Collection of Buddhist Rituals

The text is a Buddhist collection of rituals invoking the five protection goddesses. “The Pancaraksa” or Five Hymns to Five Protective Goddess, is amongst the most ancient of Buddhist hymns, fragments of the text have been found in Central Asian manuscripts of the early 1st century AD. The goddesses addressed are protective and thus invoked, ward off evil spirits. As a tantric text, it has remained popular through the millennium and was used in more modern times as sacred book on which oaths could be sworn.