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Carved Newari Book Cover, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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Carved Newari Book Cover, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Newari books are seldom bound. They are either loose pages or they fold out accordion style. In either case they are usually enclosed in a pair of wooden covers such as these. The top cover is usually elaborately carved while the bottom remains plain with simply canted sides.

This cover has been modified from its original width. The right side has been recarved by a hand far less skilled than that of the original carver. The bottom on the other hand seems to be the original length, so perhaps the top was recarved to fit with the bottom. Who will ever know?

They measure 10-1/2 by 6 inches. Small chips are missing from the top left corner and also just right of top center. Four insect holes were probably present when the wood was first carved.

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