Dimensions: 20.50 cm wide x 8.50 cm high Description: Xylographic print on rectangular sheet of paper. Page is in the pothi format. Off-white paper with faint purple printed lines. Paper shows signs of being torn along bottom edge. Bottom edge also shows four small notches (possiblly the result of the leaf once being part of or stored in a bound volume). The paper is printed with faint purple lines. Paper is unwatermarked. The paper is probably of Russian manufacture. FRONT Block Printed Buddhist mantra "Om mani padme hum" in black ink. Sanskrit text printed in a Tibetan script. Mantra is repeated 35 times (5 columns of 7 lines). Text is enclosed in a box border. The paper used for the printing has faint purple printed vertical and diagonal lines. The spacing between the vertical purple lines forms a patern forming one thin column (0.5 cm. wide) on either side of two thicker columns (1.0 cm. wide). The diagonal lines are evenly spaced at 2.5 cm apart BACK Blank - No text A few ink stains and some ink bleed through from the opposite side of the sheet. The paper used was printed with faint purple vertical and diagonal lines. The diagonal lines are clearly visible on the back. The pattern and spacing of the purple lines are the same as on the front. NOTES The text printed on this sheet is the famous Tibetan Buddhist prayer "Om Mani Padme Hum." This is the Buddhist mantra (prayer) of Chenrezig (the Buddha of Compassion) and is the most frequently used of all the Buddhist mantras. It is used in meditationa and Buddhists believe that saying the mantra out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig. Viewing the mantra in written form is believed to have the same effect.