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Rare Sutra Book Lock, Tibet, 16th C.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1700: Item # 1263077

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Sutra book lock, or clasp, cast in the shape of an H, with an elaborate decor comprising of a square at its center with a relief showing a Buddha in "bhumisparsa mudra" beside a stupa, the square itself being flanked by a standing lion on each side. opening at top and bottom for attachment. Bronze, with reddish green patina in the recesses. Tibet, 16th century. Height: 1 3/4" (4,4 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on a custom wood stand. Erosion due to great age, otherwise good condition. Note: such implement was used to lock the straps that kept a sutra book (a book containing Buddhist texts) closed. A rare piece.