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Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2978 - Kammavācā
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Indic Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2978 - Kammavācā
Tipiṭaka. Vinayapiṭaka. Parivāra. Kammavagga.
Kammavācā, circa 1875-1925.
Physical description:
1 item (16 leaves) : cloth ; 53 x 13 cm.
Buddhist canonical work outlining the rules of conduct for a novice monk and related to ordination; often received as a gift when a novice enters or graduates from a Theravada monastery.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Written in 6 lines per leaf.
16 leaves foliated with Burmese vowels.
Red lacquered cloth on top of which is over painted with gold and silver paint; text is painted with black enamel; vertical margins marked with illuminated gold border having pictures of apsaras (celestial beings) or other celestial beings as well as with other celestial inspired designs; the spaces between the lines of text are also illuminated with celestial inspired designs.
Two wooden covers with beveled edges; painted with red lacquer over which are painted gold celestial designs including three apsaras (celestial beings) on each board. There is a woven strap with turquoise and tan colored threat along with Burmese text, used to securely wrap and bind the manuscript, 4 x 275 cm.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 390, Item 2978.
Contained in:
Collection of Indic Manuscripts. Item 2978
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 390
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