2001.59.13.57.1 (Film negative)
Hugh E. Richardson
Tolung Valley Region > Tsurphu
85 x 60 mm
Negative film nitrate
Donated August 2001
The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson
Hugh E. Richardson
Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - 'NYEMO. SAMYE. YARLUNG. RGYAL.' is written on the cover of this blue negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 24/3/2006]
Manual Catalogues - Notes on Blue negative album index - No. 57. 'MING LETTER'.
Manual Catalogues - Richardson's handlist: 'Blue Album. [Nos.] 57-60. 'Letter written in 1516 by the Ming Emperor Wu-tsung to the VIIi Karma-pa Black Hat Lama. See my article in JRAS 1958, and 1959.'
Other Information - History: Richardson discusses the significance of this letter and provides a translation of it in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, pp. 348-9; 363-4. 'The leter consists of a silk-wrapped scroll some 5 feet broad by 2 feet high. The date is on the right, the Chinese on the left and the date in both languages, together with the imperial seal, are on the left of the Chinese text." (p.364) The letter (dated 1516) was sent to invite the eighth Zhwa-nag Karmapa Mi-bskyod rdo-rje to the court of the Chinese emperor Wu-tsung "who after a hostile start, gradually became devoted to Buddhism and very indulgent towards Tibetan lamas.' (p.348) According to the biography of the Karmapa "[it] states the invitation was declined on account of inauspicious omens foreboding the death of the emperor, which occured shortly afterwards." (p.349)
For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ming letter from Wu-tsung to the eighth Karmapa, 1516" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.59.13.57.1.html>.
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