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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
One with a calligraphic inscription
Late Ming Dynasty 16th - 17th Century
Sizes: a: 25cm long – 9¾ ins long
b: 19cm long – 7½ ins long
Paper was invented in China around the 1st century AD allegedly by General Cai Lun who served Emperor He Di (89-106AD). It was made from various materials such as the bark of mulberry trees, cotton, silk, bamboo, wood pulp and rice straw.
The finished product would be sized with Alum to protect it from insects as well as to prepare the surface for receiving ink.