Feb 26, 2014
Feb 26, 2014

Buddhist Manuscript

Buddhist Manuscript

c. 1700

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Covers: Gum tempera on wood; pages: charcoal on palm leaves

Overall: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1949.227

Exhibition

Text and Image in Southern Asia​ (Indian Painting and Himalayan rotation)

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The text is written in Sinhalese script.

Description

Palm leaf material is still used for manuscripts in Sri Lanka. The palm leaves are prepared first by boiling them, drying them in the sun, and then rubbing them with oils. Scribes then use a metal stylus to incise the text. Then charcoal powder is wiped across the pages, filling in only the inscribed lines.

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