Detail of the Frontispiece of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra: the Cover

This is the cover page of a copied sutra


It is the 47th volume of the Buddhavatamsaka Mahavaipulya Sūtra written in Chinese characters. 


There are two formats for copied sutras: a folded type as in this case, and a rolled type. 


In the case of a folded sutra, the cover is frequently decorated with floral patterns. This is an example of the luxuriously decorated folded type.

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