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Sutra Case

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This envelope-shape box once contained the folded manuscript of a Buddhist text, called a sutra. Written forms of Buddhist teachings have always been considered far more important and sacred than artistic visualizations such as sculptures and paintings. For the owner of this deluxe case, who probably wore it hanging from the loop at the top, the sutra inside likely served both as an instructive text and as a powerful amulet.
MEDIUM Gilt bronze
DATES 12th-13th century
DYNASTY Goryeo dynasty
PERIOD Late Goryeo Period
DIMENSIONS 4 5/16 × 2 3/4 in. (11.0 × 7.0 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
ACCESSION NUMBER L2018.6.6
CREDIT LINE Anonymous Loan
RIGHTS STATEMENT
CAPTION Sutra Case, 12th-13th century. Gilt bronze, 4 5/16 × 2 3/4 in. (11.0 × 7.0 cm). Anonymous Loan, L2018.6.6 (Photo: , CUR.L2018.6.6.jpg)
IMAGE CUR.L2018.6.6.jpg., 2018
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