|Project by Jamie Speirs||posted 08-22-2012 02:22 PM||3166 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
This is a Tibetan Pecha or Text Holder
I normally make them as part of the Puja?Prayer Table.
However the grain on this table was too nice to drill holes
in so I came up with this. The Tibetan books are not bound
as a normal book is.
When you drop a Tibetan Text it can take ages to get it all
A brief description of Pecha;
Pechas trace their history and unique shape back to the palm leaf manuscripts of India where palmyra and talipot palm leaves were used in the creation of texts as early as the 500 BCE. The earliest existing palm leaf manuscripts date from 200 C.E. and were in continuous use until the 19th century.
The migration of India’s manuscript technology to Tibet took place around the 7th century, when the scholar Thonmi Sambhota created the Tibetan script from his studies in India and Kashmir (his work is believed to be based on the Indian Brahmi and Gupta scripts). This script was then used to translate Buddhist Sanskrit texts into Tibetan. However, with the lack of traditional palm leaves in Tibet, birch bark was used instead; the use of bark was eventually supplanted by paper.
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