This paper has the twofold aim of exploring the printing history of the Mang yul Gung thang kingdom in southwestern Tibet and making some preliminary remarks on the extent of early printing operations as well as on the effects of the introduction of the xylographic technique into this country. It is divided into two parts with an appendix that provides a systematic treatment of the materials on which this paper is based. The first section provides general information on printing houses and their production, based on an examination of several colophons of xylographs from the Gung thang area collected by the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the British Library within the AHRC project entitled “Transforming Technologies and Buddhist Book Culture: The Introduction of Printing and Digital Text Reproduction in Tibetan Societies.” The second part discusses issues related to the extent of printing projects and the impact that xylography had on Tibetan society by presenting some reflections elicited by the study of blockprints and the mapping of the workshops where they were produced. How did printing technology affect Tibetan cultural tradition? Can we talk about a printing revolution in Tibet? These are the questions that inspired this section, which rather than an exhaustive treatment is meant to be a starting point for further investigations with a cross-cultural perspective in mind.

The Unacknowledged Revolution? A reading of Tibetan printing history on the basis of Gung thang Colophons Studied in two dedicated projects / Clemente, Michela. - (2016), pp. 394-423. - BRILL'S TIBETAN STUDIES LIBRARY. [10.1163/9789004316256_019].

The Unacknowledged Revolution? A reading of Tibetan printing history on the basis of Gung thang Colophons Studied in two dedicated projects

Clemente, Michela
2016

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This paper has the twofold aim of exploring the printing history of the Mang yul Gung thang kingdom in southwestern Tibet and making some preliminary remarks on the extent of early printing operations as well as on the effects of the introduction of the xylographic technique into this country. It is divided into two parts with an appendix that provides a systematic treatment of the materials on which this paper is based. The first section provides general information on printing houses and their production, based on an examination of several colophons of xylographs from the Gung thang area collected by the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the British Library within the AHRC project entitled “Transforming Technologies and Buddhist Book Culture: The Introduction of Printing and Digital Text Reproduction in Tibetan Societies.” The second part discusses issues related to the extent of printing projects and the impact that xylography had on Tibetan society by presenting some reflections elicited by the study of blockprints and the mapping of the workshops where they were produced. How did printing technology affect Tibetan cultural tradition? Can we talk about a printing revolution in Tibet? These are the questions that inspired this section, which rather than an exhaustive treatment is meant to be a starting point for further investigations with a cross-cultural perspective in mind.
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