Burma-manuscript-pre 1920-item #9001
Kammavaca are among the most sacred of Burmese religious manuscript. Kammavaca manuscripts were presented to novice monks entered the Buddhist Order as a novice or became ordained as a monk and typically contained the rules and instructions of the monastery. Kammavaca are writing in Pali, language used in the Tipitaka, it’s one of the two primary Indian languages used in the written records of Buddhist literature, the other being Sanskrit. They are more often made from four folded layers of cotton most probably the old robes of a venerated monk as was the practice thickly covered with a few coats of orange and brown lacquer to create a smooth but plaint surface. Kammavaca leaves can also be made from lacquered palm leaf, ivory, copper and brass sheets.
This is a rare Burmese Kammavaca gilded written in black ink on a gilt and red lacquer ground. This Pagan manuscript has 10 leaves and 2 wooden covers (kyan) binding with an embroidered ribbon. The covers are decorated with panels of lively free-hand gold leaf (shwei-zawa) drawings from their Burmese fantasy world of the Deva, hi-tha, kinnara and to-naya. The two first and two last pages of writing of this Kammavaca are inset decorated with geometric patterns, hintha birds the twenty-eight Buddha’s of previous world cycles and the present Buddha with disciples and praying Devas. The six middle pages are a six lines of script written in black ink on a gilt and red lacquer ground. This rare Pagan is a late 19th to early 20th century.The covers sizes: 59cm x 14.5cm (23.2 x 5.7 inches); the leaves size: 50.5cm x 10cm (19.8 x 4 inches); the ribbon size: 4.5 meter (15 feets). Condition: some degradation due to its age (few corners with chips, one page has been broken); please refer to the pictures or send email for others pictures or enquiry. Shipping extra .