About this object

A beautifully written Tibetan pecha or manuscript. A hand written copy of, The Religious History of Tibet by sa skya pa bsod nams rgyal mtshan [Sonam Gyaltsen of Sakya]. The manuscript has 142 folios, printed on good quality daphne bark paper. This manuscript has likely been wrapped and stored with 50.31.102a in the past, as there is only one bookcover associated with this accession.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
  • Date made
    19th Century Late
  • Materials
    Ink; Pigment; Wood; Paper Plant; Varnish
  • 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
    53 mm x 525 mm x 102 mm; 2 1/16 in x 20 11/16 in x 4 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: other copies can be found in the Tibetan Book Resource Center, TBRC: W11902 TBRC: W27215. A PhD and subsequent publication is also available, "A fourteenth century Tibetan Historical Works: Rgyal rabs gsal ba'i me long, Author, Date and sources, a case study by Per K. Sorensen, Akademisk Forlag Kobenhavn, 1986.

    Bell records in his book, 'Religion of Tibet' that. 'My copy (of Fortunate Flag of Victory) is beautifully written by hand in the u-me, ie. semi-printed type of script, not in the cursive writing, known as kyuk. It contains one hundred and forty-two folios, these being slightly smaller than those of the Blue Treasury and the copy of Pu-ton which the Pan-chen Rim-po-che gave me. It was presented to me by the Dalai Lama, and, like other books that I received from him, whether printed or written, is on good paper and very clear'.

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

Where is this object from?

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