Besides stone sculpture and bronze casting, another art form worth mentioning briefly is woodcarving. No visitor to the Katmandu valley can fail to be impressed by the numerous extremely intricate and beautiful windows, doors, temple roof-struts and other artifacts carved entirely by hand. As wood is obviously more vulnerable to the ravages of time and other art forms, well-preserved specimens only date back to the 14th century and the beginning of the Malla period. From this period onwards, woodcarving became an integral part of Nepalese architecture, some of the best examples being the old royal palaces of Katmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and a number of different Viharas (monasteries) around the valley.
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