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Manuscript cover depicting the Nine Planetary Deities
Place of Origin: Nepal
Date: 1100-1200
Materials: Wood, colors, and copper repousse
Dimensions: H. 2 1/4 in x D. 3/8 in x L. 18 1/4 in, H. 5.7 cm x D. 1 cm x L. 46.4 cm
Credit Line: Gift of George Hopper Fitch
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: 1989.2.1
On Display: No

Description

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The inside of the cover shown here depicts the deities symbolizing the planets; these deities grant protection. From left to right, they are: Sun seated on a horse, Moon riding a swan, Mars on a goat, Mercury holding bow and arrow, Jupiter carrying a book, Venus with prayer beads and vase, Saturn with sword and beads, Rahu (responsible for eclipses) holding the sun and moon, and Ketu (comet or meteor) brandishing a sword. The front cover is covered by a sheet of gilt copper with repoussé designs.

Book covers protect the loose pages of a book, and the two pierced holes allow the passage of the cord that strings the pages together. This narrow type of cover is used specifically for sacred books written on palm leaves, which are found not only in Nepal but in South and Southeast Asia.


Label:

The inside of the cover shown here depicts the deities symbolizing the planets; these deities grant protection. From left to right, they are: Sun seated on a horse, Moon riding a swan, Mars on a goat, Mercury holding bow and arrow, Jupiter carrying a book, Venus with prayer beads and vase, Saturn with sword and beads, Rahu (responsible for eclipses) holding the sun and moon, and Ketu (comet or meteor) brandishing a sword. The front cover is covered by a sheet of gilt copper with repoussé designs.

Book covers protect the loose pages of a book, and the two pierced holes allow the passage of the cord that strings the pages together. This narrow type of cover is used specifically for sacred books written on palm leaves, which are found not only in Nepal but in South and Southeast Asia.