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5. Carved and Painted Book Cover. Tibet, 16th - 17th Century. 30" (76 cm.) long by 12" (30 cm.) wide. The outside of the cover carved with a Sanskrit mantra and diamond shapes holding scrolled designs. Some of the original red paint and gilding remain. The inside beautifully painted with three lamas in conversation on a red floral background. Some wear of the paint and an old crack and repair in one corner (see photos.) $2500.