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A recently acquired convolute of around 700 Tibetan manuscripts comes from Mongolia, which is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Against the background of the fact that Mongolia experienced a serious cultural setback during the time of communism up to 1990 and many monasteries, temples and Buddhist cultural goods were destroyed, the preservation of these manuscripts is noteworthy.

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Kunstvoll bemalter tibetischer Buchdeckel, 15./16. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

The collection of over 100 Tibetan book covers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been expanded by a show-piece from the 15th/ 16th century. The artistically painted specimen shows the historical Buddha with his students and characters of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Schrägsicht des dreidimensionalen Profils des Codex Aureus | © BSB/Clm 14000

As a result of a four-year DFG project, an online database has now been made accessible on Western and Central-Asian adorned and luxurious book bindings and covers from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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In the "Digital East Asia Collections", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents digitized Chinese, Japanese and Korean manuscripts and printed works from its extensive holdings stemming from East Asia. The digital copies have been prepared in a digitization project supported by the German Research Foundation and in cooperation with Google. The web portal was relaunched on 1 February 2018.

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Im Uhrzeigersinn, links oben beginnend jeweils ein Band aus dem Kanjur, dem Tanjur, den Schatztexten und aus den gesammelten Werken von Tsongkhapa und Changkya Hutuktu Ngawang Choten | © BSB

The latest present to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is of an extraordinary format and volume: a Tripitaka from Inner Mongolia, a 400-volume Buddhist canon in the Mongolian language. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek thus holds the so far only copy of the new edition of the Mongolian Tripitaka in Germany.

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