University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 51-9-5
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Thai
Buddhist
Provenience: Thailand
Period: 18th Century
Date Made: 1700 - 1799
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Palm Leaf
Stain
Varnish
Technique:Incised
Stained
Varnished
Iconography:Buddhist Literature
King
Precious Jewel
Narrative
Buddhist Stories
Height: 4.5cm
Width: 53cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. W. H. Kneedler, 1951
Other NumberM39 - Levitt Number
L-1-54 - Other Number

Description

Thai manuscript fragments. 19 leaves from the middle of an unidentified Pali text, housed with 2 leaves from a narrative text about a king and a precious jewel in Thai with Pali words (Lanna). Two lateral hoes. Black powder rubbed into incised letters, with varnish applied to a few sections of text or to a few words only. Parts of right abnd left margins chipped off. The script is written in a small and well-controlled hand, but nevertheless gives an elegant appearance. There is a fair amount of interlacing between the lines. Written in 5 lines per leaf (51-9-5.1) and 4 lines per leaf (51-9-5.2).
Leaves of palm leaf with two central holes approximately 21 cm (51-9-5.1) and 19.5 cm (51-9-5.2) apart; faded red edges on leaves of longer text (51-9-5.1); most ends damaged, 2 leaves partial (f. 17-18), and one comprised of 3 small fragments (f. 19). Longer text foliated with letters starting with M, so the beginning of this manuscript is lacking (51-9-5.1); one of the leaves in the shorter text is foliated ga (51-9-5.2). Written in Thailand, possibly in the 18th century.


Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Levitt, Stephan H. 1980. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Indic and Greater Indic Manuscripts in the Collection of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. : Page/Fig./Plate: 144View Objects cited in this Publication

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