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Printing block

Printing block

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Shirley Rowcliffe

  • Museum number:

    IS 160:1, 2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A woodblock used to print amulets. Protective printed diagrams such as this, with its bound male and female demons are carried on the person or set up over doorways in Tibet. It is believed that negative spiritual forces can cause illness, accidents and other misfortunes unless action is taken to guard against them.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)


20th century (made)




Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 13.5 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Descriptive line

Carved wooden printing block and printed charm on cotton, male and female demon bound with chains, Tibet, early 20th century

Subjects depicted

Demons; Prayer




South & South East Asia Collection

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