H. 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm); W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); L. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
This book records a Buddhist text given to the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–95) by a Panchen Lama from Tibet. The calligraphy was written by the court official Liang Guozhi (1723–1774) then engraved into the jade pages and painted gold. A number of jade books were made during the reign of Qianlong, whose penchant for this stone and partiality to all sorts of extravagances is well recorded.