Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual Cover

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in Sikkim, India, Asia

19th century

Multicolored, pieced silk satin and figured silk satin and appliquéd silk satin on blue figured silk satin

32 1/4 x 32 1/4 inches (81.9 x 81.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2005

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Called 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.