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Printing Block

Object Number:2019-6-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Buddhist
Mongolian
Provenience: Mongolia
Period: 17th Century
18th Century
Date Made: 17th - 18th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Technique:Carved
Inscription Language:Mongolian Language
English Language
Length: 50.6 cm
Width: 14 cm
Depth: 2.8 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Henry R. Glick, 2019

Description

Two-sided wooden printing block for a Mongolian-language Buddhist text. The passage that appears on the block specifies Buddhist virtues of meekness, diligence, alms-giving and truthfulness. The text is in Mongolian language and script, the chapter (7) and page number (recto 12) in the margin are also written in Chinese, indicating that this block was likely part of a state-sponsored publication project by the Qing government, which from the 17th century ruled what is today Mongolia, as well as China. The chapter and page numbers give some sense of the number of blocks, probably several hundred, required to print the entire work. There is a small hole with a metal screw thread on the side.

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