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Palm-leaf manuscript collection of Nigel Seeley

Identifier: Coll-1970

Content Description

Palm-leaf manuscript collection of Nigel Seeley, consisting of 13 palm leaf manuscripts from Sri Lanka. There exists little information on their nature and their content, but they are probably Buddhist works in the Pali language (the language of the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism) dating from the mid 18th to late 19th century CE, and were collected by Nigel Seeley in the mid-late 20th century. Most of them have interesting and varied decorative wooden covers.


  • mid 18th-late 19th century

Language of Materials

Pali language

Conditions Governing Access

Open, but please contact the repository in advance.


13 manuscripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2019. Accession no. SC-Acc-2019-0107.

Processing Information

Catalogued in November 2020 by Aline Brodin, using information supplied by Andrew Grout.
Palm-leaf manuscript collection of Nigel Seeley
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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