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The Gold Manuscript. Secret Visions of the 5th Dalai Lama
MA 5244
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This manuscript is exceptional for its subject matter, its technical excellence, the outstanding refinement of the 67 illustrations, as well as for the fact that it was produced in the 5th Dalai Lama's lifetime, one of the greatest religious and political leaders in the history of Tibet.

History of the Object
The manuscript contains the résumé of the "Sealed and Secret Biography" (Gyachen) written by the 5th Dalai Lama (1617-1682), the ruler of Tibet from 1642, and recounts the visions he had between the age of six and the year before his death. These visions occurred first in the Ganden Phodrang palace, situated within the Drepung monastery where he was enthroned, then in the palace monastery of the Potala, in Lhasa.

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Type
Book 
Materials
Gold, silver and colour on black paper 
Measurements
Width 29 cm. Length 6 cm.  
Creator name
Text: the 5th Dalaï Lama, Calligraphy of the text in gold: the monk Netsun Jamyang Tenzin Illustrations: the tantric officiant Agu Tadrin 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Central Tibet 
Geography
China; Tibet 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; between 1674 and 1681 
Function
Esoteric manuscript for religious study and practice 
Acquisition
Gift of Lionel Fournier 1989. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet 
Museum
Musée National des arts asiatiques Guimet 
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