Tibet or Ladakh, India
Donated by Phoebe A. Hearst, acc. 1912
In Tibet, prayers are inscribed on stones that are then placed in walls or in piles at auspicious places. The most popular mantra or prayer is Om mani padme hum ("Hail to the jewel in the lotus"), associated with Avalokiteshvara, an enlightened being and the spiritual protector of Tibet.