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Manuscript of excerpts from Buddhist texts
Place of Origin: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: approx. 1800-1900
Materials: Lacquer and palm leaf with wood covers
Dimensions: H. 4 in x W. 22 in x Th. 1 1/2 in, H. 10.2 cm x W. 55.9 cm x Th. 3.8 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: B62M22
On Display: No

Description

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Both covers of this manuscript bear eight animals within square or octagonal frames. The eight animals in a set would be expected to be those associated with the planets and the days of the week in Burma (where Wednesday is divided into two parts). The animals here, however-an elephant, a bull, a horse, a buffalo, a peacock, two other birds, and a creature that is perhaps a pig or a boar-do not correspond to the standard list.

It is likely that the two covers come from different manuscripts. The crisscross patterns on the covers differ, and it seems doubtful that the drawings of the animals came from the same hand. The loose pages that the covers enclosed when they came to the museum were of two different styles and sizes, and clearly did not match.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

Both covers of this manuscript bear eight animals within square or octagonal frames. The eight animals in a set would be expected to be those associated with the planets and the days of the week in Burma (where Wednesday is divided into two parts). The animals here, however-an elephant, a bull, a horse, a buffalo, a peacock, two other birds, and a creature that is perhaps a pig or a boar-do not correspond to the standard list.

It is likely that the two covers come from different manuscripts. The crisscross patterns on the covers differ, and it seems doubtful that the drawings of the animals came from the same hand. The loose pages that the covers enclosed when they came to the museum were of two different styles and sizes, and clearly did not match.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010