Kanjur Tripitaka (Two text leaves)

Buddhist sutras in Tibetan, hand-copied in gold ink from the period of the Ch'ien-lung emperor (A.D. 1736-1795). The blue paper is in loose leaves, as was the original form of Tibetan books. Leaf size: 28.4 x 75.7 cm. The text is copied horizontally from left to right. The upper left-hand corner bears the Tibetan title of the sutra, and the chuan and page numbers. A Chinese translation of the title appears on the upper right-hand corner. The leaves are pressed between two boards carved with five Buddhas in relief, around which were wrapped four pieces of colored cotton and silk cloth. These in turn are covered by two outer boards in red lacquer, and the whole volume is bound with two colored silk thongs.

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