Printing Block


From: Tibet | Lhasa

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number A1406
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tibetan | Buddhist
Provenience Tibet | Lhasa
Date Made 15th Century - 1889
Section Asian
Materials Wood
Technique Carved
Iconography Wind Horse
Inscription Language Tibetan Language

Wooden printing block with text and central wind horse (Tibetan: lungta). The four corners include the Tibetan symbols for the four supernatural animals, a garuda, a dragon, a tiger, and a snow-lion who guard the four cardinal directions. The top depicts a crescent moon and solar dot. This block was probably used to make a prayer flag.

Credit Line Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914

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