Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Manuscript cover

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The deities side has wonderfully detailed paintings of Milarepa, Sakya Pandita, Shakyamuni Buddha, probably Sakya Pandita again and Je Tsong Khapa. The art work is masterful and in excellent condition. The great Buddhist teachers side is painted on a cloth covered with sanded clay that is glued to the board; the board has shrank over the centuries and this has resulted into cloth separating in places to accomodate the shrinking. The depictions and their mudras provide great teachings to the serious practitioner, it is like getting five tangkas for the price of one (expanded iconography will be supplied to the purchaser). The cover side again is most excellent art work, also in very fine condition. There exists use of brown pigments on this side; this is very rare to see brown used as it is not one of the basic colors of Tibetan Monastic art. This manuscript cover is made out of a single plank, which is evident when looking at the end view, the tree rings are visible (there are over 120 rings visible). The right end of the top has a piece missing from the gold border; this piece appears to have been missing since it was made. The side and end of this manuscript cover have the "skyab dro" this is a blessing and is also called the Buddhism Refuge formula, please see iconography for details.

The art work on the manuscript covers has nothing to do with the books that they cover. They are used mostly a a protective weight to keep the pages flat while in storage in one of the many cubby holes in the monastic library, generally built along the side of the Assembly Hall.They are also used to keep insects out of them as the pages are made from the bark of a tree.

This manuscript cover comes with a Certificate of Authenticity brush signed by a monk at the Sange Monastery, an iconography and images of the lama that blessed the manuscript cover.

Dimensions: W=30-3/4 " H=8-5/8 " Thickness= 1-1/2 "
Material: unknown wood
Circa: 1750

To see larger images and read the iconography see main listing.

Item #C055-06 $1395 plus crating and shipping: ~EAST COAST $94.00 ~MIDWEST $85.00 ~MTN STATES $79.00 ~WEST COAST $72.00; other destinations, contact us for a quote.

  • Model: C055-06 great Teachers
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 05 September, 2011.

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