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Object Number:51-9-8
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Thailand
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1830 - 1839
Early Date: 1830
Late Date: 1839
Materials:Palm Leaf
Iconography:Buddhist Literature
Devanam Cavanasutta
Inscription Language:Pali (language)
Lao Language
Lao Yuon Script
Height: 5 cm
Width: 56 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. W. H. Kneedler, 1951
Other Number:M42 - Levitt Number
L-1-57 - Other Number


Story about monks. Corrections in red ink. Section of a compendium of sutta material, perhaps meant to be used for magic-religous purposes. In each case there is a brief Pali text followed by text in a Lao dialect. The rest is in Thai (Lanna). Two lateral holes with tie cord. Letters blackened. Red marks cover ornamental devices before amd after titles. Red marks also inserted at various points in the text, and used to cover over, or erase, several syllables. Some mistakes indicated by a vertical stroke above the letters in question, which strokes have been blackened in. Edges of folios, particularly on the right side of manuscript, frayed and mangled. Part of text on right side of first two folios colored in red and gold. Folios very soft and pliable. Writing neat, with the lines of some letters doubled, but not ornamental or elegant. For contents of texts in Sections A and B see G. P. Malalasekra, Dictionary of Pali Proper Names. The suttas of the other sections are not noted by Malalaskera, and their text is not represented in Frank Lee Woodward, Pali Tipitka in Concordance, arr. and ed. by E.M. Hare, 3 vols. (London: published for the Pali Text Society by Luzak, 1952-1966). Written in 5 lines per leaf. Foliated with letters beginning with ri. Leaves of palm leaf with two central holes approximately 22 cm apart; red lacquer edges; edges frayed and damaged; formerly tied through left hole with string in a loop. Written in Thailand in the 1830s.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions (22 Oct 2011 - 22 Oct 2011) View Objects in Exhibition


[Electronic] Thai story [electronic resource], 1830s.. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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.. Philadelphia. The Library Chronicle. pg. 97-152 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 146-148View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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