Burmese Buddhist Manuscript
Known as “kammawa-sa” in Burmese or “kammavaca” in Pali (the language of the text), these richly decorated manuscripts are important cultural and religious objects. Usually commissioned for merit, they were presented to the monkhood when a novice became ordained, or to the temple in the name of a relative. Richly decorated and in very good condition, this is one of the best examples that we’ve seen in a long time. Made of lacquered and gilded palm for the pages, and lacquered and gilded wood for the covers, this manuscript is complete (sixteen pages and two covers) and has only a few broken corners. There is some abrasion evident on the outer covers and some pages, but that is to be expected. We rarely see these complete anymore or in good condition. From late 19thc. to mid-20thc. (Please see Fraser-Lu, Sylvia; Burmese Lacquerware; Orchid Press 2000; p.137)
Size: Cover-23.13 in. x 5.8 in. Pages- 22.8 in. x 5.35 in.