Himalayan Art Resources

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[1] Decorative Covers

[2] Figurative Covers

[3] Ranjana/Lantsha Script Covers

[4] Red Ground Covers

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Carved wooden blocks rectangular in shape, and often gilded and painted, serve as covers for the stacks of loose-leaf pages of Himalayan books. The wood block covers can be generally divided into four main subjects based on design: decorative, figurative, lantsha script and red ground.

The earliest covers are Indian followed by Nepal, Tibet and China. The vast majority of covers that are found are Tibetan and range in age from the 10th century to the present.

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Jeff Watt 2-2005 [updated 4-2015, 7-2020]

Guardians of the Sacred Word by Rossi & Rossi.

Protecting Wisdom, Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection, Kathryn H. Selig Brown. Prestel, 2012.