Antique Burmese Kammavaca Gold Lacquer Tablets Sacred Book
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Antique Burmese Kammavaca Gold Lacquer Tablets Sacred Book:
Antique Burmese Kammavaca manuscript, with passages from the Buddhist canon written in square “tamarind seed”script on both sides of red lacquered tablets embellished with silver and gold. While most kammavaca are written on lacquered palm leaf, a few small dings in the lacquer of this example reveal woven cloth underneath, indicating that the less common lacquered cloth was used, the fabric usually cut from a revered monk’s discarded robe.
Lot includes an ornate front cover and eight tablets, the ornate back of the last tablet forming the back cover. (I may have the back and front covers mixed up.) Script covers both sides, but one side of each tablet and the undecorated side of the cover have a sticky residue that is probably the remains of double sided tape, suggesting that they were once mounted for display. On the side with the residue most also have a small piece of old masking tape and a number, probably indicating the order in which they should be arranged. Due to the delicacy of the lacquer, I haven’t tried to remove this residue or the tape. If the buyer wishes to frame the panels, it won’t be an issue. If not, the buyer may want to research how to safely clean the residue from the surface.
Each tablet is approx. 21 1/4” x 5”.