University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 84-24-1
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Thai
Buddhist
Provenience: Thailand
Thornburi
Period: 18th Century
19th Century
Date Made: 1750 - 1850
Early Date: 1750
Late Date: 1850
Section:Asian
Materials:Palm Leaf
Iconography:Suwannasiam
Brahman
Bodhisattva
Literature
Credit Line:Gift of Elizabeth Lyons, 1984

Description

Narrative text, possibly multiple stories, including a bodhisattva, a brahman, a woman (named Pumala?), and animals. Written In Northern Thai with some Pali and Thai (Northern Thai, Lanna; Central Thai). A colophon in Thai language and Central Thai script asks readers not to chasten or admonish the writerFourteen leaves of a palm-leaf sutra (Buddhist manuscript) in Pali. The writing was incised with a sharp stylus on a section of palm leaf, then rubbed with soot to make the script visible. Written in 5 lines per segment. Foliated in verso left margin, with letters beginning with A but not in order: A, AA, gong, gan, gu. Written by a single hand, by a scribe probably Chinese or from Yuan, as the text contains a number of foreign or unusual words; scribe possibly named Nemirang, Nemilang, or Nemiranna. Leaves of palm leaf with two central holes approximately 18 cm apart and a cord through the left hole; gilt edges with lacquer in the center of the top and bottom edges. Possibly written between 1750 and 1850.


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