Tying a Handscroll

The tying cord of a handscroll may have a clasp, made of jade or bone, attached at the end. While gently holding the handscroll in the palm of your left hand, wrap the tying cord around the handscroll three or four times and secure the clasp under the cord. If the tying cord is without a clasp, wrap the cord around the handscroll twice; on the third wrap, place your finger under the cord. Form a loop at the end of the tying cord, pass it under the space provided by your finger, slide your finger out, and pull gently on the end of the loop. Never squeeze the handscroll, or pull the loop too tight, as damaging creases will form. Wrap the handscroll in soft, acid-free tissue or unbleached cotton cloth and place it in its box.

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