London, South Kensington
10 November 2006
FOUR MING BROCADE SUTRA COVERS
the first of scarlet silk woven with gilt peonies, with inscribed paper title label--14.5in x 4.75in; another of indigo silk woven wth gilt peony and phoenix roundels--13.75in x 3.5in; ; a third of green silk woven with gilt peonies--13.5in. x 4.75in.; and an indigo silk sutra cover woven with a large gilt four-toed dragon--14in. x 5in (4)
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Sutra covers comparable with these examples can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other institutions. jThey demonstrate the practice of using preciousl fragments to cover holy texts. See Sheila Vainka, ....
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