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Edict from a Dalai Lama
Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 1700-1800
Object Name: Manuscript; Calligraphy
Materials: Ink on yellow silk
Dimensions: H. 37 1/8 in x W. 25 3/4 in, H. 95.2 cm x W. 65.3 cm (image); H. 47 1/2 in x W. 31 1/2 in, H. 120.7 cm x W. 80.0 cm (framed)
Credit Line: Gift of Margaret Polak, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson S. Bogart, and the Connoisseurs' Council
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: 1989.31
On Display: No

Description

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This edict was issued from the Ganden Palace at the great monastery of Drepung on the third moon of the fifth month in the water-tiger year, a cyclical date which can be either 1723 during the reign of the seventh Dalai Lama or 1783, time of the eighth Dalai Lama. It exhorts the various regions of the Land of Snow Mountain (Tibet) to provide students for the monasteries of Ganden, Drepung, and Sera.

Such edicts from the Dalai Lamas are highly treasured by Tibetans. They are usually written in black ink on yellow silk, in the dbu-med, or "headless," style of calligraphy. The two vermillion seals are carved in the Phagspa script, the official script in use since the 1200s for official seals.


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Exhibition History: "Tibet: Tradition and Change", The Albuquerque Museum, 10/18/1997 - 5/24/1998
"Visualizing the Body" Rotation, 7/25/2011
Label:

This edict was issued from the Ganden Palace at the great monastery of Drepung on the third moon of the fifth month in the water-tiger year, a cyclical date which can be either 1723 during the reign of the seventh Dalai Lama or 1783, time of the eighth Dalai Lama. It exhorts the various regions of the Land of Snow Mountain (Tibet) to provide students for the monasteries of Ganden, Drepung, and Sera.

Such edicts from the Dalai Lamas are highly treasured by Tibetans. They are usually written in black ink on yellow silk, in the dbu-med, or "headless," style of calligraphy. The two vermillion seals are carved in the Phagspa script, the official script in use since the 1200s for official seals.


Exhibition History: "Tibet: Tradition and Change", The Albuquerque Museum, 10/18/1997 - 5/24/1998
"Visualizing the Body" Rotation, 7/25/2011