letter-book

painted and lacquered wood
Tibet (Lhasa-area), 19th cent.
size each leave: 20 x 5 cm.

These `books’ were used by the nobility to write letters to each other: with tsampa-flour the black pages were whitened, and one could write with a wooden stilo. After reading one could erase the letter and use it again. The outer sides were often, like here, painted in Chinese style.

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