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Powerful Tenfold Anagram

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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 65 cm / Width: 31 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3578
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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The “powerful tenfold anagram” (Tib. rnam bcu dbang ldan) on a multi-coloured lotus, printed in the upper half of this image, represents the ten interlocked syllables of the Kalachakra mantra (om ham ksha ma la ya ra ya sva ha) written in Lantsa script. The lower part of this print reproduces a poem in five different scripts and three different languages composed by the 5th gyelsé incarnation Kelzang tupten jikmé gyamtso (rgyal sras Skal bzang thub bstan ’jigs med rgya mtsho, 1743-1811).
© Olaf Czaja
Powerful Tenfold Anagram
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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