About this object

A block printed Tibetan manuscript or pecha. A copy of The History of Buddhism by bu ston rin chen grub [Buton Rinchen Drub (1290-1364)]. The manuscript has 244 folios.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper Plant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1906 - 1937
  • Measurements
    folio: 570 mm x 91 mm; x 22 7/16 in x 3 9/16 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. Other copies can be found in the Tibetan Book Resource Center, TBRC: W1923.
    Manuscripts 103a-d were kept together by Bell and only one pair of book covers and ties (50.31.103e and f) is associated with 50.31.103a-d.
    Bell records in his book, 'Religion of Tibet', 'I have two copies of this work. The Dalai Lama gave me one; the Pan-chen Rim-po-che gave me the other. The copy from the Dalai Lama is on thick, good paper, and very clearly printed'.

    A paper label in Bell's writing is associated with this pecha (although is stored with 50.31.102a), the text reads, 'A12 Gendün Truppa // A14 Sönam Gyatso // A19 Butön Rimpoche (but other copy is correctly indexed) // Barmiak 14 Story of cuckoo'. And in biro pen 'A18 Gyarab Salwe Melong'.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    9th Panchen Lama (gifted by); Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)
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