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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)
CREDIT LINE Lent by the Carroll Family Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
CAPTION Sutra Case, 12th–13th century. Gilt bronze, 4 5/16 × 2 3/4 in. (11.0 × 7.0 cm). Lent by the Carroll Family Collection, L2018.6.6 (Photo: , CUR.L2018.6.6.jpg)
IMAGE CUR.L2018.6.6.jpg., 2018
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