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Kamawa-sa and pair of kyan

Kamawa-sa and pair of kyan

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by "Local Committee of London Exhibition" 1871

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


19th century (made)

Marks and inscriptions

This must be the unpacking number referred to in the 1880 Slip Book.
Label; Stuck on inside of one kyan

Object history note

"Made by native workmen. This is the Buddhist Ritual and is held in the highest respect . It contains all the regulations and ceremonies observed in the first admission of monks, and on their ordination to the several grades of order. It is in the Pali language and character". 1880 Slip Book entry.

Historical context note

"Received London Exhibition 1871. Presented by the Local Committee. Local No. 57. Exhibition unpacking No. 20/5." 1880 Slip Book entry.

Descriptive line

Gilt red and black lacquer Kamawa-sa (Burmese Buddhist Ms.) and pair of unrelated Kyan (binding boards). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1884). Pali text, tamarind seed script with figurative and foliate decorative motifs. Before 1871

Production Note

No date but before 1871


Lacquer; Gilt


Lacquering; Gilding; Forming


South & South East Asia Collection

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