A Kamawa-Sa

c. 17th century-18th century (made)
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Place Of Origin

Complete 12 folio version.
2 cord holes.
5 lines, 30 char., Pali; Burmese tamarind-seed large script in black lacquer.
Paginated with Burmese letters.
Interlines: foliage against a fine hatch-stroke ground.
Borders: row of beads within fine lines.
Middle folio margins: 2.5 cm. decorated with a repeating lotus pattern within fine lines.
First folio recto: decorated with a row of 10 seated Buddhas in bhumisparsmudra under the Bodhi tree.
First folio verso: central text within margins (12.5 cm.) in each one a seated Buddha in bhumisparsamudra under the Bodhi tree, flanked by 2 kneeling devotees.
Second folio recto: mirrors preceeding side.
Penultimate folio verso: see first folio verso.
Final folio recto: mirrors preseeding page.
Final folio verso: see first folio recto


object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 12 parts.

  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
  • Manuscript
Materials and Techniques
Palm leaves, red lacquered and silvered/gilded.
Brief Description
Rare fine example of a red lacquered. silver/gilded palm leaf kamawa-sa (Burmese Buddhist Ms.). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) or earlier. Pali text, tamarind seed script, with foliate and figurative decorative motifs.
Physical Description
Complete 12 folio version.

2 cord holes.

5 lines, 30 char., Pali; Burmese tamarind-seed large script in black lacquer.

Paginated with Burmese letters.

Interlines: foliage against a fine hatch-stroke ground.

Borders: row of beads within fine lines.

Middle folio margins: 2.5 cm. decorated with a repeating lotus pattern within fine lines.

First folio recto: decorated with a row of 10 seated Buddhas in bhumisparsmudra under the Bodhi tree.

First folio verso: central text within margins (12.5 cm.) in each one a seated Buddha in bhumisparsamudra under the Bodhi tree, flanked by 2 kneeling devotees.

Second folio recto: mirrors preceeding side.

Penultimate folio verso: see first folio verso.

Final folio recto: mirrors preseeding page.

Final folio verso: see first folio recto
Dimensions
  • Length: 53.5cm
  • Width: 9cm
Style
Production
Manuscript is undated but quality and style suggest 18th or even 17th century manufacture.



Attribution note: Considered by Mme. Filliozat of the National Bibliotheque, Paris (1996), to perhaps have come from a Royal Library. The folios are very wide denoting an unusual/rare type of palm tree. Carefully worked; beautifully illustrated; similar to other mss. from Royal collections.
Collection
Accession Number
IND.LOST.221:12

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record createdMay 8, 2000
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