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


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The text is written in Sinhalese script.


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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