Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Manuscript cover

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The manuscript cover is made out of a single piece of wood, it is painted on the inside, the side that faces the scripture pages with Je Tsong Khapa and his two most famous disciples, Gyaltsab Je (the younger~to his right) and Khedrub Je (the older-to his left). The back side has Avalokiteshvara's 6-syllable mantra in the lantsa Tibetan holy script.

The art work on the three historical teachers on the front is close to a masterpiece; the fine line detail is exquisite. Inside of the aura on Gyaltsab Je and Khedrub Je are mountains, streams and above that a parasol decorated with the Four-Petaled Flower and hanging from the bottom edges are precious jewels. The images in the main listing show the cover in bigger than life size allowing you to appreciate the magnificent detail. This grouping of the three teachers is a popular depiction of Je Tsong Khapa.

The top side of the manuscript cover has Avalokiteshvara's 6-syllable mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM, written twice in the Tibetan holy script, which is also called lantsa. Each of the characters of the lantsa is without fault, outlined in kyungbur and filled with gold. The first character is not part of the mantra, it is a "pause" for reflection. Then comes the mantra, followed by a "thought" delineator, the vertical line, and the mantra repeated again.

The art work on the manuscript covers has nothing to do with the books that they cover. They are used mostly as 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. The majority of the written texts are approximately 20 inches by 4-5 inches in size, so there is plenty of overhang and weight to keep the pages from curling.

Comes with Certificate of Authenticity, expanded iconography and images of the living Buddha that blessed it.

Dimensions: W=35.25" H=10.5" Thickness= 1.5"
Material: unknown wood
Circa: 1900-20

To read further information or to see larger images see main listing.

Item #C055-05 price $1195.00, 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: C055-05 Je Tsong Khapa
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 01 August, 2017.

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