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Manuscript

Object Number:51-9-6
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Thai
Lao
Buddhist
Provenience: Thailand
Period: 18th Century
Date Made: 1700 - 1799
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Palm Leaf
Iconography:Buddhist Literature
Sermon
Buddha
Commentary
Nissaya
Inscription Language:Lao Language
Lao Yuon Script
Height: 5 cm
Width: 58.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. W. H. Kneedler, 1951
Other Number:M40 - Levitt Number
L-1-55 - Other Number

Description

Nissaya text, liturgical, possibly the praise of the 28 Buddhas. Three leaves have modern corrections in black marker. Two lateral holes with tie cord. Edges of folios color ed red amd gold. Right and left edges of palm leaves frayed, chipped, and in some cases worm eaten. Two vertical lines in black ink on either side of a line of text on f. ga verso appear to mark off a title. There appears to be colophonic material, in Thai or a related dialect, oo ff. gu recto, line 2; ge recto, line 4; ghu verso, lines 1-2; ghe recto, line 1; ghai verso, lines 4-5; gho recto, line 2; gho cerso, line 2. There also appear to be section divisions (?), without colophons, marked on ff. gha recto, line 5; ghi recto. line 4; and ghe cerso, line 2. With regard to the first of these latter, there is writing in Thai, in black ink, in the left margin of the verso of the folio. With regard to the second, the word jiro (?) appears in black ink in the lefr margin of the folio. Writing in Thai, or a related dialect in black ink also occurs in the lower right of the recto and upper left of the verso of f. ghe. A colophon does not appear to be present at this point. Written in 5 lines per leaf. Leaves of palm leaf with two central holes slightly more than 22 cm apart; formerly tied through right hole; red lacquer top and bottom edges, gilded left and right edges; most ends frayed and damaged. Written in Thailand, possibly in the 18th century.

Bibliography:

[Electronic] Nissaya text [electronic resource], 1700s?.. 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: 145View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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