About this object

A block printed Tibetan pecha or manuscript. A copy of the Biography of Milarepa by gtsang smyon he ru ka rus pa'i rgyan can [Tsang Nyon Heruka (1452-1507)]. The manuscript contains 116 folios with a line drawing of Vajradhara in the left corner and Hevajra in the right of folio 1 and Cakrasamvara in the left and Vajravarahi in the right of folio 2. The manuscript is wrapped in a yellow spotted silk cloth and supported by two large red wooden book covers. This is secured by a purple tablet woven braid with a brass clasp in the shape of a chorten.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Ink; Brass; Wood; Paper Plant; Fibre Textile Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1933 before
  • Measurements
    57 mm x 570 mm x 109 mm; 2 1/4 in x 22 7/16 in x 4 5/16 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.

    Curator's note: the provenance of this item came with the collection and is recorded on the inventory card and in the Tibet catalogue of 1953. Bell's Tibetan Books catalogue will need to be consulted to confirm this provenance. Bell does state in his book, ' Religion of Tibet' that 'It was a deep source of pleasure to me that I was able to gain the friendship of Their Holinesses the Dalai Lama and the Pan-chen Lama...As one result of this relationship I received from the two Grand Lamas and others a collection of valuable books'.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    13th Dalai Lama (gifted by); Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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Publications

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    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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