Writing Boards card

Writing Boards

50.31.99

Currently not on display

Pecha or Tibetan manuscript shaped writing boards, eight in total with a wide leather band to hold them in place. The top and bottom boards are decorated with lacquer worked flowers, alternating large red rose bushes with yellow blossoms. Although described as children's writing tablets in the inventory, they are likely to be messenger boards, used by Tibetan government officials to send messages to one another, which could be easily wiped clear once a message had been conveyed or if there was a chance a message may be intercepted.