Myanmar/Burmese Kammavaca Scripture, 19th century
Myanmar/Burmese Kammavaca Scripture, of long rectangular form, richly decorated.
16 inscribed pages, some double-sided, inscribed in black ‘magyi zi’ lacquer (made from tamarind seed) script, plus front & back covers, the whole with red lacquer ground illustrated in gilt with scenes from Buddha’s life, along with original woven binding ribbon woven with a ‘sarsekyo’ prayer.
each leaf 15x61cm
minor wear to gold & edges of leaves
A Kammavaca is a highly ornamental type of manuscript commissioned by lay members of society as a work of merit, to be presented to monasteries when a son enters the Buddhist Order as a novice or becomes ordained as a monk.
Provenance: Purchased Burma late 20th century; for an identical one see: