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4 different kamawa-sa & 2 unrelated kyan

4 different kamawa-sa & 2 unrelated kyan

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    before 1864 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    dark red lacquered, gilded or silver gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Campbell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


before 1864 (made)

Materials and Techniques

dark red lacquered, gilded or silver gilded

Descriptive line

Fragments from 4 different Kamawa-sa (Burmese Buddhist Mss.) 3 of palm leaf and l of stiffened cloth and 2 unrelated wood Kyan (binding boards). All red lacquered and gilded. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Burmese tamarind seed large script found throughout with figurative and foliate decorative motifs. Before 1864.

Production Note

On acquisition this was thought to be 1 complete manuscript. Mme Jacqueline Filliozat from the Bibliotheque National, Paris in 1996 identified it as fragments from 4 different Kamawa-sa (Burmese Buddhist Mss.). For the purposes of cataloguing they have been identified as "A", nos. 10 to 14; "B", no. 15; "C", no. 16; "D", nos. 3 to 9.

The 2 unrelated kyan (binding boards) are nos 1 & 2.


Lacquer; Gilt; Silver gilt


Lacquering; Forming; Gilding; Silvering


South & South East Asia Collection

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