Palm Leaf Manuscript
Palm Leaf Manuscript.
Item Number: 52015
Very attractive palm leaf book in East Asian script (possibly Burmese). Approximately 159 palm leaves between two wooden covers with beveled edges, loosely bound with a cord, with a medallion at each end. Each leaf approximately 1.25 inches by 13.5 inches, with manuscript in black ink on rectos and versos of each leaf, initial and final leaves blank. 19th century.
Palm leaf books originated with the Buddhist tradition in India about 1200 years ago and were dispersed to the rest of South Asia and Southeast Asia after the Islamic invasion of India in the 12th century.