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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.
Dates: mid 18th-late 19th century

Sacred Buddhist text or Kamawa-Sa, being Burmese ms on lacquered brass sheets

 Fonds — OpenShelf: SC-Acc-2016-0123, Box: data_value_missing_7a3a7de2fae12fdde3a20268d48eb9d2, Box: data_value_missing_f931b33447787b77763a05dbe335a06d
Identifier: Coll-1767
Scope and Contents 13 x brass sheets lacquered recto verso with black text, and gilt decorations, on dark red lacquer background. Loosley collected inside 2 x red lacquer and gilt wooden board covers.
The ornate script is called 'Magyi-zi' or tamarind Seed, written in the Pagan style. Brass sheets were introduced late in the 19th century and area relatively uncommon format.
Dates: circa 1900

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Seeley, Nigel, 1942-2004 (Forensic scientist and Head of Conservation at the National Trust) 1