"a sheet of strangely scented yellow Chinese paper, the brushes, and slab of Indian ink"
Calligraphy Brush
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Calligraphy is central to Tibetan culture. A high lama such as Teshoo lama would almost certainly have been trained in the art. Most high religious writing involved calligraphy, which is particularly evident on Tibetan prayer wheels.