About this object

A written Tibetan manuscript or pecha. Manuscript of The Thirteen Codes of Law. The manuscript has 31 folios. The pecha is bound and secured with a red cord.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Ink; Brass; Paper Plant; Fibre Yarn 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
  • Measurements
    306 mm x 95 mm; x 12 1/16 in x 3 3/4 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.

    There is a note on the inventory card that states this pecha came from Lhasa, although Bell could not have collected it from Lhasa himself, as he did not get the opportunity to visit Lhasa until 1920. Bell also notes that, 'This contains an abridgment of the thirteen codes of law made since the establishment of the government of the Ga-den Po-trang (Lhasa Govt) and a list of fines that can be inflicted'.

    Bell has initialled the front folio and dated it, '11/9/09'. 'C3' is struckthrough on the front folio.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    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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