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Very old printing wood block used for the Tibetan prayer flag, representing the "Chatra" (the Buddhist holy parasol). It is a symbol of Buddhist goddesses such as Pancharaksa, Usnisasita. It protects from evil spirits. It is one of the eight symbols of good luck in Buddhism. This block has been directly collected from a Tamang community in the Solu district (Central Estern Nepal). In fact, the block was broken into two parts and thus was useless. It has then been nicely fixed and restored. The printing surface is also very worn out and presents a thick encrusted patina resulting from several ink deposits. Except for the break, the piece is safe and in good condition. Dimensions are 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 1/2 inches (19 x 13 x 1 cm).