from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Paper made from bark; specifically, paper made from the bark of Broussonetia papyrifera, a tree common in southeastern Asia and Oceanica. Most of the paper used in Japan is of this kind.


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  • Vestiges of their former religion, including precious codices, bark-paper books written using Maya glyphs, were gathered up and burned.

    Letter from Mexico: Gods of Yucatan

  • Sixteenth-century Spanish explorers traveling through Mexico's highlands marveled at the various uses of maguey, and the Aztecs and Mixtecs, neighbors of the Zapotec, celebrated the plant in the earlier bark-paper and deerskin pages of Postclassic period (A.D. 800-1520) codices.

    Mexico's Wonder Plant

  • It consists of 56 stucco-coated bark-paper leaves painted, with the exception of one folio, on both sides.

    Redating the Madrid Codex

  • Pottery figures and heads are quite common and frequently painted brilliantly; small heads and ornaments of green-stone are not uncommon; curious clubs of stone for beating bark-paper are also found; objects of gold and silver have been found in ancient graves, near the foot of the mountains, on the outskirts of the village.

    In Indian Mexico (1908)

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