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A VERY RARE CARVED BAMBOO PRAJNAPARAMITA SUTRA BRUSH-POT, BITONG
A VERY RARE CARVED BAMBOO PRAJNAPARAMITA SUTRA BRUSH-POT, BITONG

18TH CENTURY, CYCLICALLY DATED TO THE GENGCHEN YEAR CORRESPONDING TO 1760 AND OF THE PERIOD

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A VERY RARE CARVED BAMBOO PRAJNAPARAMITA SUTRA BRUSH-POT, BITONG
18TH CENTURY, CYCLICALLY DATED TO THE GENGCHEN YEAR CORRESPONDING TO 1760 AND OF THE PERIOD
Finely carved around the exterior with text from the Prajnaparamita sutra in kai shu script ending on four seal marks and reserved on a textured ground, all between narrow bands of classic scroll at the base and neck
4 7/8 in. (12 cm.) high

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The inscription contains the Prajnaparamita sutra, or the 'Heart Sutra', also known as 'Xin Jing' in Chinese. This sutra advocates that one could achieve Enlightenment through realising the true emptiness of this world. As one of the most widely known Buddhist texts, it is a principal scripture of the Madhyamika school of Buddhism, which was founded by the great philosopher Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 BC). During the 7th century, the Emperor Gaozong (r. 649-683 AD) ordered the pilgrim monk Xuanzang to translate this sutra into Chinese.

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