Burmese Buddhist manuscript, illustrated palm leaf, Profusely Illustrated, 49cm
Burmese Buddhist manuscript, illustrated palm leaf, Profusely Illustrated, 49cm.
This large Burmese manuscript, similar to kammavaca, consists of 2 wooden covers painted and decorated with a raised motif, and 12 double sided palm leaf panels. All bound together with thread, and concertina style bound.
One side features hand drawn illustrations of the Buddha and scenes from the Buddha's life. Really exceptional to find such a large fully illustrated example.
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 particularly attractive example of the art, and rare to find such copious colour illustration. A really lovely item. Sometimes displayed as a mounted wall hanging.
The other side features tightly scripted Burmese Pali text in its rounded form. Approximately 8 lines per panel.
Closed: 49cm wide x 5cm high x 3cm deep
Open: 49cm wide x 73cm high.