Lot 6 of 361:
Tibetan Prayer Cards, c. 19th century  

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$200 - $300

Collection of Tibetan Prayer Cards


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c. 19th century


23 hand-painted cards. One set, painted on paper-backed cloth (with the exception of one card painted directly on paper), contains fifteen cards each measuring approx. 2¾x3¼". The second set, painted on stiff paper, contains six cards, five of which measure 3¼x3¾" and one measuring 3¾x4¾". Also includes two long strips of painted canvas, 16½x4".

Two sets of handpainted cards. All but two of the cards bear manuscript prayers in Tibetan on the back. The icons depicted on the smaller set are symbolic, while those on the larger set are concerned with aspects of the deity. These later are somewhat less refined in their rendering and color, while the smaller set is very accomplished, though it reflects greater wear. Despite this, the cards mostly retain the depth and vibrancy of their colors.

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Language is Tibetan, not Sanskrit

Some soiling and wear, some loss to paint; overall very good.

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