An Introduction to Handscrolls

The handscroll is also a laminate structure made of a painting or calligraphy mounted to paper and/or silk. To view the scroll, unroll it to a comfortable arm span onto a clean, flat surface. Handscrolls are meant to be viewed one section at a time as a narrative, and may be several feet in length. The handscroll mounting has a wood roller bar at the end and a protective flap made of silk and paper to the right, which contains the frontispiece. The tying cord attached to this flap sometimes contains a clasp at the end.