Cover for a Perfection of Wisdom [Prajnaparamita] manuscript 15th century Description: depicting a seated image of the Goddess of Transcendental Wisdom in the centre, flanked by the Buddhas Vairocana on her right, and Shakyamuni on her left
Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood, gold leaf, lacquer
Dimensions: 28.6 h x 71.4 w x 3.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1999
Accession No: NGA 99.112
Subject: Buddhist
  • The Prajnaparamita(The Perfection of Wisdom) is a Mahayana Buddhist text prescribing the path of the bodhisattva and the Perfections – virtue, tolerance, energy, meditation and understanding – to be acquired over countless rebirths. Amid auspicious Buddhist symbols, Prajnaparamita, the Goddess of Wisdom, is depicted in the centre of the cover, holding a sacred manuscript in one hand. She is flanked by Vairocana, the supreme Buddha, on the right and Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, on the left.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
    From: Asian gallery extended display label