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David C. Graham Collection

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Tibetan Tanka - a banner of painted silk of Buddha and his incarnations. The central picture is bordered by a 1.7 cm band of rust brocade, a 1.7 cm band of gold brocade, and an outer border of dark green brocade. At the bottom is a rod with decorated metal knobs at either end. The Buddha can be covered with a silk net over-cloth. The top has a string hanger from either side. The artifact is badly damaged by smoke. Accession File states: "Images of Talai-lama, the great religious head of the Lahsa, painted on scrolls and blessed by the man himself, are regarded as the reincarnation of some great God. They are nearly all the same color, since they are soon colored by the smoke of the incense." Catalog Lists - David C. Graham Collection states: "Tibetan Tanka. Painted silk, Buddha and his incarnations. Badly damaged by the smoke from incense. Net covering. When the cover is up, the Budda will protect the home. Length 62.5 cm. Width 41 cm." Display Tag from South of the Clouds states: "Tibetan Buddist tanka (ritual icon in painted form). [Diety unknown, and unrecognizable due to smoke damage.] (DCG)".


Physical object


Silk, Paint, String, Metal

Number of Artifacts


Cultural Affiliation


Spatial Coverage

Tibet or Border area


Dr. David Crockett Graham


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