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Receptacle of the SacredIllustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia$
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Jinah Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273863

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273863.001.0001

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Innovations of the Medieval Buddhist Book Cult

Innovations of the Medieval Buddhist Book Cult

(p.42) (p.43) 2 Innovations of the Medieval Buddhist Book Cult
Receptacle of the Sacred

Jinah Kim

University of California Press

This chapter examines the historical context behind the introduction of illustrated manuscripts at the turn of the first millennium and identifies the general developments in book design from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. While the idea behind illustrating text folios may have originated elsewhere, possibly in central Asia or even further east, the format of illustrating a palm-leaf folio was firmly rooted in the indigenous tradition of constructing sacred structures. I emphasize the three-dimensional book’s potential for animation and compare it to other Buddhist sacred objects, such as patapaintings and lotus mandalas, which are designed to invoke the sense of movement and transformation.

Keywords:   phyidar, Tibet, Nepal, illustrated manuscripts, lotus mandala, pata(painting),stūpa, 3-D mandala, Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa

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