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Title

Dharani Sutra quilt


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This very large quilt was intended for use as a cover for a coffin in funeral ceremonies. The main design of a Buddhist stupa, an auspicious design in itself, as well as the surrounding square, rectangular and circular cartouches, are inscribed with excerpts from a 'Dharani sutra'. The texts are written in both Chinese and Sanskrit characters, woven in gold into the red brocade. 'Dharani' are ritual formulae invoked for spiritual benefits; according to Buddhist belief, such textual invocations would protect the deceased against evils, in this life and the next.

This particular type of quilt is rare, since it was used only for the coffins of Qing emperors, empresses dowager, empresses and concubines of the upper rank.

Reference:
Wan Yi, Wang Shuqing, Lu Yanzhen, 'Daily life in the forbidden city', Viking Press, 1988.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2009.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

circa 1875


Media category

Textile


Materials used

red silk brocade woven with silk thread


Dimensions

208.5 x 137.0 cm


Credit

Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

246.2009



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2008–09, Sydney, 2009, 27 (colour illus.).