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Yellow Linen Paper Presented by Cao Yin

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Period: Kangxi reign (1662-1722), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Date: 1709
Dimensions: length: 138 cm, width: 61.5 cm

The yellow linen paper is made from hemp dyed with sap from the phellodendron. Traditionally, yellow was considered a noble color. Greatly popular from the second century to the eleventh century, the yellow paper was usually used for Buddhist scriptures or imperial decrees.   
  The yellow linen paper was placed on a board and rubbed to create subtle embossed designs. One side has bamboo and pine, while the other side depicts a magpie and plum blossoms. The paper is smooth and fine, but not especially strong. This roll of yellow linen paper is sealed with a tag that has an inscription indicating the paper was presented by a senior official, Cao Yin (1658-1712) in 1709 of the Kangxi reign.

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