AGE: – Was told around 300 years old
CONSTRUCTION: – Cloth and lacquer, tamarind seed script
DESCRIPTION: – A rare silver gilt Kammavaca, it has 13 leaves, and two end covers. it has four pages with corners damaged and one corner on the outside cover is damaged. The two internal leaves on each end match.
LENGTH: – 54.5 The leaves are slightly smaller than the covers
WIDTH: – 12cm
HEIGHT: – 3cm
Rare antique Burmese silver Kammavaca Manuscript with silver gilt, most are gilded with gold or a mix of the two. Where the corners have been broken there are fragments of cloth showing in between the coatings of lacquer. The cloth used was often that of a venerated monk.
The Burmese script in this Kammavaca is written with the resin from the tamarind seed or lacquer. The inside leaves depict the Burmese mythological Devas on each end. The end covers depict four Devas on one and the mythological Hintha bird on the other, due to age and degradation of the lacquer they can only be seen when looking at them closely.
The script within the kammavaca relates to the Tipitaka or Pali Cannon which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism which outlines the rules of conduct and teachings for the monks.