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A Complete Buddhist Kammavaca Manuscript


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A Complete Lacquered and Gilded Burmese Buddhist Kammavaca Manuscript from Pagan Burma This lacquered and gilded manuscript comprises two wooden covers and 15 fabricated palm leaf sheets . The palm leaf sheets are etched on both sides with eight lines of ancient Buddhist Pali script. The Kammmavacha documents the 227 Guiding Principles that all Burmese Monks must follow. The figures on the covers and at the sides of the leaves are Burmese Angels (Kinnera) More detailed description follows at the end of this listing description. The manuscript is complete and in excellent condition. Privinance: Collected in Pagan, Burma by seller, 1986 Dimensions: 5 ½ X 23 3/8 inches Note: the covers are marginall larser to afford protection to the edges of the leaves Lacquer Ware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer Than Hutn Burmese Lacquerware –Sylvia Fraser-Lu Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer by Ralph Isaacs, T. Richard Blurton and British Museum Additional Information: The manuscript details the 227 rules of Patimokkha - the rules that Burmese monks are required to follow. Somewhat akin to the Ten Commandments however much more dtailed. The rules are broken down into subcategories: the four párájikas, the thirteen saµghádisesas, the two aniyatas, the thirty nissaggiyas, the ninety-two pácittiyas, the four pá†idesaníyas, seventy-five sekhiyas and the seven adhikaranasamathas. Kammavaca manuscripts sometimes presented to novice monks entering a monastery for training and sometimes to a monastery or temple as a gift by a donor. Commissioning and presenting such manuscripts earned the donor . Note: The black color in the lacquer is achieved by using powdered tamarind seed Lacquerware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer –Than Hutn Burmese Lacquerware –Sylvia Fraser-Lu Visions from the Golden Land: Burma and the Art of Lacquer by Ralph Isaacs, T. Richard Blurton and British Museum