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Scorpion Charm Used to Prevent Illness

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Printed in India, Asia
or Nepal, Asia

Modern Tibetan

c. 1971

Woodcut print on paper

Image: 10 3/8 x 8 1/8 inches (26.4 x 20.6 cm) Image and sheet: 26 x 19 1/2 inches (66 x 49.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Print Revolving Fund and the Suspense-Paolozzi Fund, 1972

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The sacred Sanskrit syllables (mantras) and Tibetan invocations inscribed on this scorpion charm are intended to protect the bearer from harm caused by groups of minor spirits. Part of the charm reads:

With the mantra raksha rakshah, cast out all the illness-causing spirits, such as the Gyalpo, Drimo, Tsan, Sadag, Lu, Nyan, and Nopa. By the sound of this mantra may the trinity of gods, demigods, and humans, all of whom are established in the eight intermediate spaces of the four directions, be freed from all evils and illnesses.

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