Thursday 23 February 2012

Words : POTHI ...

... ancient Indian form of concertina style books - the main form of Buddhist text distribution along the Silk Route. It was originally made with loosely bound etched palm tree leaves, protected by the wooden boards. Pothi traveled to China along the Silk Route and from the 9th century onwards has been produced with paper as a Chinese binding: the pages were larger, one hole for the string. It is thought that there pothi merged with scroll to produce a hybrid transitional form of Chinese book jingzhezhuang.

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