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Burmese Zodiac Manuscript Book, Carved Wooden Elephant Covers

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Burmese Zodiac Manuscript Book, Carved Wooden Elephant Covers.


This small Burmese manuscript, consists of 2 carved wooden covers decorated with an elephant motif, and 8 double sided palm leaf panels. All bound together with thread, and concertina style bound.

One side features hand drawn illustrations of Burmese Zodiac Symbols and the reverse features Pali text.

Like most of these manuscipts from Burma, the leaves have been bound and mounted within newer wooden covers in a traditional style. The leaves would originally have been collated on a bamboo skewer.

This is a very unusual and quirky little book.

The other side features tightly scripted Burmese Pali text in its rounded form. Approximately 8 lines per panel.

Closed: 8cm wide x 5.5cm high x 2.3cm deep
Open: 8cm wide x 49cm high.

20th Century.