2 wooden decorated and gilt covers, 16 leaves of lacquered palm leaves each inscribed with square black Pali script, 22½ x 5 ins. 55 x 12.5 cms. approx.
Kammavaca manuscripts were presented to novice monks and typically contain the rules and instructions of the monastery. Kammavaca is a Pali term describing an assemblage of passages from the Tipitaka, the Theravada Buddhist canon, that relate to ordination. Commissioning and presenting such manuscripts earned the laity merit and often were presented to mark important life cycle events such as an important birthday, marriage or birth. For display purposes only this manuscript has been simply framed with covered metal brackets for support.
Stock ref: 14479