Printing block, prayer flag, inked wood, unknown maker, Tibet, 1960-1969 (OS)
Tibetan wood printing block. L. 37cm, W. 34cm. For printing prayer flags. Black ink on rough wood base. Can be used for printing either cloth or paper. Prayer flags-: pieces of cloth of different colours are printed with prayers & strung on a length of string in order - blue, red, white, yellow & green, signifying the 5 elements - sky, fire, cloud, earth, & water. Flags are hung from trees or poles during annual Lhaso ceremony. Date: 1960's.(SB).