titlepage of a manuscript

ink, paint and gold on paper
Western Tibet (Kingdom of Guge), ca. 13th cent.
78 x 19 x 0.8 cm.

The titelpages of manuscripts are always thicker, most of the time a couple of pasted paper leaves. In the center is a recessed rectangle, with the common starting text: rgya gar skad du, which means: “written in the Indian language’, i.e.: translated from the Sanskrit.
In this case the text is written with gold-paste on indigo-blue-background. The caracters in gold-paste are decorated with thiny, very subtle details.
Above the rectangle are remains of the original silk protective covers.

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