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19th C., Mandalay, Complete Silver Burmese Manuscript (KAMMAVACA)

19th C., Mandalay, Complete Silver Burmese Manuscript (KAMMAVACA)


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Pre 1900: Item # 1325037

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Rare and complete silver Burmese manuscript (KAMMAVACA) made from thick cloth coated with gold and lacquer in nice condition. It was written in the Pali language using Burmese script. The square letters were written in thick and black cinnabar lacquer. This set has 16 leaves and 2 wooden covers made from teakwood. Each leave was inscribed on both sides with illustrations of deity figures from Hindu-Buddhist mythology on some leaves. There are small holes on every leaf to put a string to bind them together.

Kammavaca, the most sacred of Burmese religious texts, was used for monastic ritual, most commonly for ordination. It contains rules of monastic service and includes scripts (khandaka) on ordination, admonitions to the newly ordained monk. It is now very difficult to find a complete set and very good condition like this.

Age: Burma, Mandalay Period, 19th Century
Measurement: Length 57 C.M. / Width 13 C.M.
Condition: Nice conditon overall (some expected degradation due to its age). Please refer to the enlargement photos for more details.
Shipment: Worldwide shipping from Bangkok, Thailand at actual cost. Please e-mail us for the shipping fee.