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A kamawa-sa (part of burmese shrine)

Place of origin -Mandalay (probably, made) Burma
Date - ca. 1885 (made )
Materials and Techniques - Stiffened cloth, red lacquered and gilded wood ( manuscript cover )
Dimensions - Length: 52.5 cm , Width: 9.8 cm
Current Location - Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Museum number - IS.11:26 to N-1969
Gallery location - Buddhist Sculpture, room 18, case 3

Physical description

Nos 26 B to N
13 folios (kha-ga); single cord hole.
6 lines, 32 char., Pali. Burmese tamarind-seed large script in black lacquer.
Paginated with Burmese letters.
Interlines: decorated with snippets of gilt foliage.
Borders: decorated with gilt running acheik patterns.
Middle folio margins: (1.5 cm).; decorated with a repeating lotus pattern.
First folio recto: decorated with a series of 7 interlaced compartments filled with alternating deva and naga figures.

First folio verso: text within margins (11.5 cm) decorated with devas.
Second folio recto: mirrors preceeding side.
Penultimate folio verso: see first folio verso.
Final folio recto: mirrors preceeding side.
Final folio verso: see first folio recto.
Nos. 26 & 26A
Pair of shaped kyan (binding boards); Decorated with wide margins of a leafy design and a series of 5 compartment with alternating hintha and deva figures [manuscript cover]

Descriptive line

A stiffened cloth Kamawa-sa (Burmese Buddhist Ms.) and pair of wood Kyan (binding boards). Pali text, tamarind seed script, lacquered and gilded with figurative and foliate decorative motifs. Late 19th or early 20th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Lowry, Burmese Art, London Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1974, Pl. 1.

Ralph Isaacs & T. Richard Blurton, Visions from the Golden Land - Burma and the art of lacquer; British Museum Press 2000; Cat. & ill. 71

Attribution Note

No date but said to be found in 1885 at the palace in Mandalay.

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