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Lot 207

Tibet, Undated letter from the Dalai Lama to the Chief Custom Officer of Khasa, a splendid "scarf" letter bearing a bold strike of large square (44mm x 44mm) red ink seal of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas (Dawson type III), along with a small personal red ink seal on the outside (Dawson type 7). A charming usage to Khasa, which is a very interesting border town, rare, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
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Lot 208

Tibet, Undated "scarf" letter to the King of Nepal, most likely originating from the Cabinet Minister, neither the date or sender's name is noted, but contents written on behalf of the Dalai Lama dealing with some religious matters (translation included). Exterior shows black ink seal, an attractive and scarce cover, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600.
Realized HK$1,100.
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Lot 209

Tibet, 1874, letter to the King of Nepal from the 5th Panchen Lama, a superb and supremely rare letter showing an absolutely perfect inside strike of the large (39mm x 39mm) red ink square, with the outside showing an equally choice strike of the personal seal of the 5th Panchen Lama, Tenpe Wanchuk, 1855-82 (MTH types e20 and E14, Dawson Seal #26 for the inside square seal, personal seal unlisted). The Nepalese docketing year is B.S. 1931 (1874). The important contents are regarding the insult by a Nepalese envoy and are translated as follows:

Your Majesty:

I hereby would like to acknowledge the receipt of your kind letter along with the presents that you sent with the returning officers. I am happy to know that Your Majesty has kindly solved the problem about the fact that the son of the Resident Consulate Captain at Lhasa has been punished firmly by the private bodyguard of his highness the Dalai Lama, and has lashed your soldiers as you have kindly considered that it was a minor problem.

According to your letter, we have decided to keep the Nepal-Tibet trade link as it used to be, but we are not in favor of the request of the free passage and hunting wild animals on the soil of Tibet since it is fundamentally against our religion, and it will one day create a problem sooner or later.

I am hereby sending you a present consisting of the small packets of precious stones and a Gya-Ngul-Tamik-Ma (one block of silver ingot prepared in the shape of a horse's hoof).


This diplomatic event is well recorded in the history of Tibet-Nepal relations.

Even seals of the following 6th Panchen Lama are rarities. Seals from this the 5th Panchen Lama are much more so. Needless to say 19th century usages of same are Great Rarities. A fabulous item, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000.
Realized HK$28,000.
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Lot 210

Tibet, 1880, letter from the Dev Raja of Bhutan, addressed to an officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Manohar, with a splendid strike of the King's red ink seal at bottom. Rare and choice 19th century correspondence, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$10,000.
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Lot 211

Tibet, c. 1890's, shirt letter showing the "Great Seal of Tibet", a massive, official letter showing a magnificent (110mm x 110mm) bold strike of what is known as the "Great Seal", which was used by successive Dalai Lamas on the most important of state documents between 1642-1899, or the 5th through 13th Dalai Lamas. A choice example without any additional seals, neatly folded and well preserved, Very Fine.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$20,000.
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Lot 212

Tibet, 1897, letter to the King of Nepal from the Dharma Raja of Bhutan, a splendid "scarf" letter showing a magnificent strike of the rare Devanagari ink seal in red (inscribed "Dharampati Maharaj" in Devanagari script, a gift from Nepal), strikingly written in "Bhutanese" Tibetan script, with contents thanking the King for his gifts. A choice example of a 19th century letter from Bhutan, needless to say all of which are quite scarce.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$4,500.
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Lot 213

Tibet, 1907 ("Fire-Pig 5/12"), letter from the 13th Dalai Lama to His Majesty the King of Nepal, a choice quality "scarf" letter showing superb bold strike of the very scarce 44mm x 42mm official seal of the Dalai Lama in red ink (Dawson Seal #4), along with an equally choice strike of the 13th Dalai Lama's personal seal in red on the outside (Dawson Seal #7). A beautiful and rare letter, Very Fine, a showpiece.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000.
Realized HK$15,000.
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Lot 214

Tibet, 1921 ("Earth hare 3/1"), letter from the Prime Minister of Tibet to the Prime Minister of Nepal, a choice and attractive letter with a Fine strike of the red ink seal of the Prime Minister (Silon) of Tibet containing generally friendly contents. Lovely writing and usage. This seal, Dawson Seal #17, was only used on official correspondence, with the Prime Minister being the only layman authorized to use a red seal in his official capacity, Very Fine, rare.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000.
Realized HK$3,000.
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Lot 215

Tibet, 1932 (Dec.), letter to the King of Nepal with small personal seal of the 13th Dalai Lama, a beautiful superb quality letter showing an absolutely perfect strike of the rare seal of the 13th Dalai Lama, Dawson Seal #5, with translated, desirable contents of an official nature regarding a change in the Lhasa consul. This personal seal is said to be the scarcest of all the Dalai Lama seals, and to have been in the personal possession of Sanggye Gyatom the Regent of Tibet, following the death of the great 5th Dalai Lama in 1682 (all this according to Dawson, page 7). While this may not necessarily be the case, the seal remains a great rarity.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 15,000.
Realized HK$5,500.
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Lot 216

Tibet, 1941-50, seal of the Regent of Tibet, the Takta Rinpoche, a magnificent paper slip with a superb strike of the red ink seal along with writing so precise it appears to be pre-printed. Translation reads "Temporal Ruler [Regent] of Tibet - Takta Pandita Hutuktu, Senior Tutor of His Holiness [The Dalai Lama]". The senior tutor of the Dalai Lama, Mr. Takta, was regent from 1941-50 (the last regent). It is conjectured to be a sample seal that would be shown to department heads to acquaint then with the regent. A magnificent example of Dawson Seal #22, a showpiece.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000.
Realized HK$24,000.
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Lot 217

Tibet, Useful Selection of Five Classic-Era Covers. Interesting group, mostly used at Gyantse or Phari, franked by various Lion issue combos; also includes a reference cover example, Fine to Very Fine, examine.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,600.
Realized HK$1,100.
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