Costume and Textiles
Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual CoverMade in Sikkim, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Multicolored, pieced silk satin and figured silk satin and appliquéd silk satin on blue figured silk satin
Currently not on view
2005-13-1Gift of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2005
LabelCalled pang-khebs or ten-khebs in Tibetan, ritual covers like this one were intended to adorn an altar or ceremonial throne, or to be used as a ritual offering. The central pattern's "endless knot" signifies eternal continuity. Appliquéd ritual scepters, called vishvavajra in Sanskrit, mark the four corners. Eight auspicious symbols (vase, lotus, conch shell, endless knot, victory banner, wheel of law, parasol, and two fish) embellish the sides.