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PARCHMENT

A support made from animal skin that has been wetted, treated with lime and scraped to remove all hair and flesh, then stretched and dried under tension. Usually goat, sheep or calf were used for making parchment. In the Islamic tradition gazelle is also sometimes listed as a source of parchment and in some languages parchment is referred to as “gazal”. However, the implication that parchment was primarily obtained from this wild animal and not the more available domestic species is unsubstantiated.
 
 
 
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AUTHORS: PAUL HEPWORTH AND KARIN SCHEPER