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Printing Block

Object Number:29-96-815A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Tibet
Inscription Language:Tibetan Language
Height: 15.9 cm
Length: 0 cm
Width: 8.3 cm
Depth: 0.6 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:155 - Sommerville Number


Rectangular slab of wood with a small hole on one corner. One side is carved in relief for printing. The image is in the form of a spearhead, or phurpa, outline, with the interior filled with calligraphy (probably a Buddhist prayer). On the reverse, in ink, the numbers 155 P 21- have been written. Original documentation says this is a prayer or charm to protect the holder from the accidental loss of his horses.

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