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Antique Burmese Kammavaca Manuscript

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This is a rare and exquisite leaf from an antique Kammavaca- among the most sacred of Burmese religious manuscripts. Kammavaca manuscripts were presented to boys who entered the Buddhist Order as a novice or became ordained as a monk, and typically contained the rules and instructions of the monastery. Kammavaca are written in Pali, one of the two primary Indian languages used in the written records of Buddhist literature, the other being Sanskrit. They are more often made from four folded layers of cotton (most probably the old robes of a venerated monk) thickly covered with a few coats of orange and brown lacquer to create a smooth, paintable surface. Kammavaca leaves can also be made from lacquered palm leaf, ivory, copper and brass sheets.
This leaf is written in black ink (front and back) on a gilt and red lacquer ground. It measures 22.25 inches by 5.125 inches and is in very good condition with a hairline crack and minor chip in one corner. The small hole was used to connect a stack of leaves with a ribbon.


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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: lacquer
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