About this object

A block printed Tibetan manuscript or pecha. A copy of the extensive biography of Milarepa. The manuscript contains 192 folios and there are line drawings of Mi la ras pa on the left and Dvags po pa on the right of folio 1. The manuscript is stored with 50.31.107b, 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. There is a separate copy of this manuscript, described as a better copy secured with the same tablet woven ties and a cloth label.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper Plant; Wood; 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); Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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    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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