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The database contains entries of each xylograph taken into consideration. Each entry includes the physical description of the text and a description of its content, a transliteration of incipit and colophon, the mark up of personal and place names and dates in colophons as well as information on paper and pigment analysis, if available.

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The map shows printing houses located in the Mang yul Gung thang and neighbouring areas as well as places that are relevant for this research such as monasteries, temples, other buildings and sites where the paper conservator took samples of paper plants. It is a Google map using custom markers.

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The World of Tibetan Books

E. Gene Smith and Zenkar Rinpoche

Zenkar Rinpoche and E. Gene Smith at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge.

Tibetan book culture has an history dating back to the 8th century. Closely linked with the spread of Buddhism in Tibet and Central Asia, it tells a tale of traveling people, ideas and technologies. An incredible number of Tibetan manuscripts and xylographs (i.e. woodblock prints) are extant. They represent a fundamental part of Tibetan cultural heritage. The study of the introduction of woodblock printing in Tibet is the focus of the Transforming Tibetan and Buddhist Book Culture project.