Tibetan blockprint comprising compendium of rites from tantras and illustrations of deities

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Tibetan Blockprint wrapped in purple cloth.

Two texts (mainly being illustrations of deities) comprise:

(i) 'rdor 'phreng' in Tibetan abbreviated form [full name in Sanskrit 'Vajravali nama mandalopayika' and translated into English as 'diamond garland]. A compendium of rites drawn from a host of Tantras, composed by Abhayakaraguupta in 12th century. The text here shows illustrations of these Tantric deities backed by long versions of mantras;

(ii) Rin 'byung snar thang brgya rtsa rdor 'phreng bcas nas gsungs pa'i bris sku mthong ba don ldan bzhugs so [in English 'The Hundred Narthang Treasure Sources'].

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Acquisition Information

Donated in 2003 by Roland Carter, via SOAS Library Acquisitions

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

31cm x 11cm