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Su19 Dine: HISTART 393 - Visit 1

Sacred Text and Text as Talisman

A 'mani' or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism: a device made a handle (here a simple wooden stick) supporting a hollow cylindrical drum on a spindle. A small metal weight, attached to one one side of the drum with a cord, allows the wheel to spin with a slight rotation of the wrist. The drum in his case is of hammered metal, with incised patterns of Buddhist auspicious symbols.
Tibetan
Prayer Wheel (Mani Wheel)
copper? and wood
10 1/4 in x 3 5/16 in x 3 5/16 in (26 cm x 8.4 cm x 8.4 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Maxine W. Kunstadter in memory of Sigmund Kunstadter, Class of 1922
An example of a 'mani' or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism: a device made a handle (here a wooden stick, with simple incised line designs) supporting a hollow cylindrical drum on a spindle. Here the drum is elaboratedly decorated with rows of inset turquoise stones, as well as a row of Sanskit letters in bone.  A small weight of bone attached to one one side of the drum with a metal chain, allows the wheel to spin with a slight rotation of the wrist.
Tibetan
Prayer Wheel (Mani Wheel)
metal, wood, bone, and turquoise
8 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (22.1 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm);8 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (22.1 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Maxine W. Kunstadter in memory of Sigmund Kunstadter, Class of 1922
A fragment of a horizontal scroll, which would originally have been rolled up and tucked inside a Tibetan prayer wheel, with the text of a prayer printed in red and black ink.
Tibetan
Prayer scroll fragment, from a prayer wheel
red and black ink on paper
2 1/4 in. x 7 in. ( 5.72 cm x 17.78 cm )
Museum Purchase
A fragment of a horizontal scroll, which would originally have been rolled up and tucked inside a Tibetan prayer wheel, with the text of a prayer printed in red and black ink.
Tibetan
Prayer scroll fragment, from a prayer wheel
red and black ink on very thin paper
2 1/8 in. x 3 in. ( 5.4 cm x 7.6 cm )
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton B. Freudenheim in memory of Otto F. Ege
A necklace of turquoise, mountain coral, and dzi (patterned agate) beads strung on thread.
Tibetan
Necklace
turqoise, coral and dzi beads
11 5/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. x 5/8 in. ( 29.5 cm x 13 cm x 1.6 cm )
Bequest of Thakur Rup Chand
Tibetan; Nepali
Tantric icon in portable case
copper and wood
11 7/8 in x 8 7/16 in x 2 1/2 in (30.1 cm x 21.5 cm x 6.3 cm);11 7/8 in x 8 7/16 in x 2 1/2 in (30.1 cm x 21.5 cm x 6.3 cm);10 9/16 in x 6 in x 1 9/16 in (26.9 cm x 15.3 cm x 4 cm)
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Yale Ginsburg
This is a long horizontal scroll with several calligraphic inscriptions on the right portion of the paper. On the left are 3 figural scenes. The one closest to the writing shows a male figure wearing a large headdress seated in the lotus position within a circle. Next there is a figure with four arms who stands on the back of a dragon. Two people stand on either side- one a short blue-skinned man who holds a bowl and the other a smaller figure who holds a brush and paper. The third scene shows a male figure, seated in the lotus position, who holds a sword, a wheel, a brush and paper in his four hands.
Japanese
Suiten kyo (Sutra of Varuna, Deity of the Waters)
handscroll, ink and color on paper
11 1/4 in x 81 1/8 in (28.6 cm x 206.1 cm)
Gift of Harold Phillip Stern, presented in memory of Archibald Gibson Wenley

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