[Tibetan pattern book of proportions]

Drawn on linen pages bound by wooden boards, this 18th-century pattern book delineates precise iconometric guidelines for depiction of the Buddha and Bodhisattva figures. The book was apparently produced in Nepal for use in Tibet, and the 36 ink drawings are accompanied by Newari script with Tibetan numerals. The Newari writing suggests the manual may have been used in a collaboration between Newar and Tibetan artists.