About this object

A blocked printed Tibetan pecha or manuscript. A copy of the Religious History of Bhutan: The Biography of Ngawang Namgyal by bstan 'dzin chos rgyal [Tenzin Chogyal].
The manuscript has 151 folios, with folio one containing line drawings of the Buddha, sGam po pa, gTsang pa rGya ras on the left, Padmasambhava, sBurg pa Kun legs and Pha jo 'Brug sgom on the right.
The folios are supported between two red wooden covers decorated with swirling cloud designs painted in gold and secured with a purple and leather braided tape.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Ink; Wood; Paper Plant; Fibre Textile Cotton; Lacquer
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date collected
    Around 1910
  • Measurements
    65 mm x 508 mm x 98 mm; 2 9/16 in x 20 in x 3 7/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The descriptions and page translations found in the inscriptions field have been provided by Dr Karma Phuntsho, during cataloguing for, 'The Tibetan-Mongolian Rare Books and Manuscripts (TMRBM) project', University of Cambridge. No other copies of this manuscript noted.

    Bell records in his book, 'Religion of Tibet' that, 'The history of Bhutan, entitled The Religious History of the South appears to be worthy of a high place among Tibetan histories. My copy was given to me by the late king of Bhutan,...it is a block print, numbering one hundred and fifty-one folios, i.e. three hundred and one pages. The paper is excellent, as indeed it should be, for the paper from Bhutan is adjudged the best throughout central Tibet. The print is remarkably clear'.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector); Ugyen Wangchuk (gifted by)

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    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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