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Title

Dharani Sutra quilt

circa 1875

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication