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Tibetan Manuscripts

Fifteen items on paper, of which Tibetan MSS 1-6 were purchased in 1901 with the Crawford collection, the remainder being acquired subsequently from various sources.

Tibetan MS 6 comprises two sandalwood book covers, with inscriptions in Chinese, Mongolian and Sanskrit and six coloured miniatures.

Tibetan MS 14 consists of ritual texts of the bon.po sect, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, with sheets of drawings of ritual objects and human figures.

The collection includes other ritual texts and prayer-wheels.

Finding aids

  • Unpublished 19th-century handlist of Crawford items.
  • Unpublished typescript catalogue of Tibetan MSS 1-12 and notes on Tibetan MSS 13-15 by Geoffrey B. Samuel.


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