Burmese Kammavaca Manuscript – Set
According to Donald A Heald, a premier source for antiquarian books and prints, “Kammavaca is a Pali term describing verses from the Vinata that outline various rules and rituals of monastic life and ordination. Young men in Burma are expected to spend at least some portion of their youth in a monastery, as either an initiate or an ordained monk. The families of these newly ordained men often commissioned the creation of a kammavaca to present to the monks as an act of merit upon their sons’ entrance into the monastery.”
This Kammavaca consists of 18 panels with designs and words on both front and back. The black lettering stands out against the gold background with intricate red drawings in between the lines. The panels were beautifully and intentionally framed with museum quality plexiglass and gold frames that allow BOTH sides of the manuscript to be seen and appreciated. This is certainly a fascinating find that is full of history, character, and detail.
This manuscript was purchased by the consignors on a trip to Burma approximately twenty five years ago and significant investment was made by them in framing it allowing it to be hung so that the manuscript can be seen on both the front and back if you so desire.