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Identifier: indoaryanscontri00mitr
Title: Indo-Aryans: contributions towards the elucidation of their ancient and mediaeval history
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Mitra, Rajendralala, Raja, 1824-1891
Subjects: Indo-Europeans India -- History India -- Social life and customs
Publisher: London : E. Stanford Calcutta, W. Newman
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN


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jaiia (Micheeleachajupaka) Paduiaka (?) a Nepalese timber tree yieldinga red coloured wood much used in dying medicated oils)Sdka (teak, Tectona grandis), and Sinsdpa (sisu, Dalbeigeasis2i).-\ These include some of the best timber-producingtrees of India; the wood of most of these trees is hard,close-grained, susceptible of a good polish, and in everyway well-adapted for cabinet work. The value of sandal,ebony, teak, sisu and gambhar for such purposes is too wellknown to need iteration: the last is particularly esteemed forthe fabrication of the sounding-boards of musical instru-ments. It is worthy of note, however, that the list does notinclude the toon, which now-a-days is so extensively employ-ed in furniture-making. The Silpa Sastra and some of the Puranas givedetailed directions for felling these trees at, particular seasons when thecirculation of thesap has stopped. and for seasoningthe wood after-wards so as toprevent unequal contractions and No. SS. 1 • J • cracks m drymg.

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*Dr. Roxburgh takes Ilaridra to be the Sanskrit name of Mesua ferrea, butthe Mesua never attains any great size, and cannot yield any timber fit formaking bedsteads ; the Ilaridra of tUt tc.xt, therefore, evidently refers to someother tree than Mesua ferrea. Brihat Sardiita, p. 39S [ :^45 ] Trees, which have been struck by hj:jhtning, or knocked-down by inundations, storms or elephants, or which havefallen towards the south side, as well as those which grow onburial, burnings or consecrated grounds, or at the confluenceof large rivers, or by the road-side, also those which havewithered tops, or an entanglement of heavy creepers on them,or bear thorns, or are the receptacles of many honey-combsand birds nests, are reckoned unfit for the fabrication ofbedsteads, as they are inauspicious, and are sure to bring onmisfortune, disease and death.* Some of the woods com-mended are supposed to be most propitious when used singly,such as the gambhdr, the asan, the sisu and the sandal; othersmay


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bookid:indoaryanscontri00mitr bookyear:1881 bookdecade:1880 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Mitra__Rajendralala__Raja__1824_1891 booksubject:Indo_Europeans booksubject:India____History booksubject:India____Social_life_and_customs bookpublisher:London___E__Stanford bookpublisher:_Calcutta__W__Newman bookcontributor:University_of_California_Libraries booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:265 bookcollection:cdl bookcollection:americana

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