About this object

A block printed Tibetan manuscript or pecha. A copy of the Invocation and Praise to Milarepa by nam mkha' bsam grub rgyal mtshan [Namkha Samdrup Gyaltsen]. The manuscript has just 7 folios. The manuscript is stored with 50.31.107a, with two wooden book covers painted with a red pigment on the outer side and green on the inside, the top cover decorated with gold swirling foliage and flowers. This is secured with a tablet woven tie in very faded reds, yellows, greens, blues and white.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper Plant; Wood; 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
    1906 - 1937
  • Measurements
    91 mm x 610 mm x 110 mm; 3 9/16 in x 24 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. Manuscripts 107a-b are kept together as they were by Bell and only one pair of book covers and ties is associated with 50.31.107a-b.
    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
    9th Panchen Lama (gifted by); Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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  • 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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