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Covers: Gum tempera on wood; pages: charcoal on palm leaves
Overall: 6.4 cm (2 1/2 in.)
Educational Purchase Fund 1949.227
Text and Image in Southern Asia (Indian Painting and Himalayan rotation)
The text is written in Sinhalese script.
Palm leaf material is still used for manuscripts in Sri Lanka. The palm leaves are prepared first by boiling them, drying them in the sun, and then rubbing them with oils. Scribes then use a metal stylus to incise the text. Then charcoal powder is wiped across the pages, filling in only the inscribed lines.
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