Material Information

Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Phyogs bcu’i mun sel
Added title page title:
Sutra which dispels obscurity in the ten directions
Added title page title:
Guhyagarbha Tantra
Added title page title:
Dispelling Darkness in the Ten Directions
Kloṅ-chen-pa Dri-med-ʾod-zer, 1308-1363
Longchenpa ( contributor )
Purchased by Sir William Dennison Ross, former SOAS Director.
Place of Publication:
Tibet, China
Publication Date:
Blockprint, ink on paper ( medium )
H17 cm x W62 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Tantra ( lcsh )
Guhyagarbha Tantra
Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Tantra. Guhyagarbhatantra ( lcsh )
亚洲 -- 中国 -- 西藏
亞洲 -- 中國 -- 西藏
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- China -- Tibet
31.66667 x 88


A Tibetan translation of the canonical Buddhist work, whose Sanskrit title is the Daśa-dig-andhakara-vidhvaṃsana-sūtra. The technique of carving a wooden printing block for each page of a book was introduced to Tibet from China under Mongol patronage in the thirteenth century, and was applied to the elongated ‘palm-leaf format already used for manuscripts. Blockprinting led to the mass production of books in Tibet, and has been used for both canonical works and a voluminous output of biographical, historical and other works. The craft still survives alongside manuscript production and modern movable-type printing (Text by Philip Denwood, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Kloṅ-chen-pa Dri-med-ʾod-zer, 1308-1363 : 2961512
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.82, no.63.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 40868 ( soas manuscript number )
85d53942-5065-4024-9f99-9b7e7893779d ( calm recordid )