Book Cover with Five Transcendental Buddhas

Book Cover with Five Transcendental Buddhas
Place Made:
15th century
Painted and gilded wood 
11-3/4 x 30 in. (29.8 x 76.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

The deeply recessed central panel of this cover contains five elaborate shrines as well as exuberant foliage. The figures within the shrines are the five transcendental Buddhas of the Vajrayana (Diamond Path) pantheon. From left to right they are Ratnasambhava, Akshobhya, Vairochana, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi. The Buddhas can be identified by their gestures, the animal attributes represented on the base of their shrines, and by the symbols on the carpets draped over their thrones.

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