BURMESE KAMMAVACA. - BURMESE KAMMAVACA. Buddhist monk's ordination text. Burma (Mandalay) 19th century.
16 leaves (13 cm x 59 cm) of text in Pali, written in "square" Burmese script. The leaves consist of cloth, the fabric of discarded monk's robes, which has been lacquered to provide a rigid surface. (Copper is also used and more rarely, ivory). The lacquered surface is gilded and the design is painted in red lacquer and finally the script applied in black laquer. Within wooden covers, similarly gilded and decorated, bevelled edges. A beautiful copy.The Kammavaca is a collection of extracts from the Pali Vinaya, the monastic code of discipline, outlining rituals and observances of the Buddhistic order. It was customary for a Burmese family to commission a copy of the Kammavaca on the occasion of their son entering the monkhood. This kind of manuscript was produced at Mandalay in the latter half of the 19th century. John Guy, 'Palm-leaf and Paper. Illustrated Manuscripts of India and Southeast Asia', no. 37. p.61.EUR 3000.00 [Appr.: US$ 3936.96 | £UK 2374.25 | JPą 412704] Book number 23079
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