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This is the upper part of a tibetan prayer book cover. A complete book consists of an upper and a lower piece of wood and various numbers of separate paper sheets. This cover is made in a very simple village style with the carved famous tibetan mantra (Om Mani Padme Om). The edges are decorated with geometrical lines. This cover has been collected from a small Tamang community in the district of Solu Khumbu ( central Nepal). The top side and the edges show a black thick glossy patina whereas in the inside there is no patina, which is an obvious sign of great age. 19th century is a minimum age for this piece considering the fact that it was not often used. Very good condition, some old insect infestation but no more danger. Hard red wood. Length 20 inches (50 cm), width 6 1/2 inches (16 cm).