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A Framed Buddhist Kammavaca Manuscript

A Framed Buddhist Kammavaca Manuscript


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A Lacquered and Gilded Burmese Buddhist Kammavaca Manuscript from Pagan Burma. This lacquered and gilded manuscript comprises two wooden covers and 5 fabricated palm leaf sheets. The palm leaf sheets are covered with multiple layers of cinnabar lacquer, gilded (gold leaf) and etched with eight lines of ancient Buddhist Pali script. The figures on the covers and at the sides of the leaves are Burmese Angels (Kinnera). The black color in the lacquer is achieved by using powdered tamarind seed. The Kammmavacha documents the Guiding Principles that all Burmese Monks must follow. . Note Regarding Frame: The matting at outside edge is raw Thai silk. The inside border is gilded wood. The background is raw silk. Provenance: Manuscript Collected in Pagan, Burma References: -Lacquer Ware Journeys: The Untold Story of Burmese Lacquer Than Hutn -Burmese Lacquer Ware –Sylvia Fraser-Lu Visions from the Golden Land Page 2... - Burma and the Art of Lacquer by Ralph Isaacs, T. Richard Burton and The British Museum Dimensions: 45 inches high X 33 inches wide