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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.

The script is written in "tamarind seed" lacquer, and the margins and between the lines are decorated with gold leaf designs on a cinnabar background.

They are quite extraordinary when displayed mounted or framed in their entirety, but are also beautiful as framed single panels. (Please see Fraser-Lu, Sylvia; Burmese Lacquerware; Orchid Press 2000, p. 137)


























 

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Burmese Buddhist Manuscript - AL121

Burmese Buddhist Manuscript - AL120





Display of another partial Kammavaca in our collection


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