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Collection

Myanmar

Title
Palm leaf manuscript of Abhidhamma
Place of origin
Myanmar
Year
Sep 1885 CE
Media category
Book
Materials used
manuscript of 200+ palm leaves ('htan') incised with stylus, rubbed with lampblack, gold trim, 2 wooden bookends with original woven cord and cloth wrapping
Dimensions

5.0 x 48.5 cm

Credit
Gift from Mrs Norma Handmer and the late Mr Walter Handmer AM 2009
Accession number
319.2009
Location
Not on display
Further information

This manuscript has more than 200 pages. The text is written in both the Pali and Burmese languages and records passages from the 'Abhidhamma', one of three parts of the Buddhist scriptures. Like many Buddhist texts, this manuscript would have been produced as a work of merit and donated to a monastery library where it would be used for teaching.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011