AGE: 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Palm Leaf, wood
DESCRIPTION: – Burmese Palm Leaf Pali Prayer Manuscript – Paysar. Sasejyo frayed in places and cloth tattered
DEPTH: – 7cm
WEIGHT:– 2.6 kg.
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A 19th Century Burmese Palm Leaf Pali Prayer Manuscript referred to as Paysar or parabaik in Myanmar, it comes with an old sasejyo, (a hand woven ribbon which commonly binds the Paysar and Kammavaca) and the tattered cloth it was wrapped in when we acquired it.
This Palm leaf manuscript has had special treatment, typically the wooden end covers are red lacquered with the edges of the palm leaf pages gilded, the wooden ends of this paysar has also been gilded with gold leaf indicating that it more than likely was used by a senior monk in a monastery. These Palm leaf Manuscripts have a hole a few centimeters from the end of each page in which a stick is threaded through to keep the pages together.
The Maha-wei-yan-bon-tha monastery, Bagaya houses a large collection/library of these Pali Prayer manuscripts, ancient documents and the beautiful gilded Kammavaca’s. The kammavaca’s and paysar manuscripts are stored on shelves behind glass doors which helps to keep them dust free, this area of Myanmar is hot most of the year so air conditioning to preserve these treasures would be more desirable for their preservation.
Hopefully this will come in the near future. Presently to try and preserve these manuscripts they use naphthalene for woodworm prevention and taken from the cabinets to air once a year.