Bhikku-patimokkha (lacquered Buddhist manuscript)

Material Information

Bhikku-patimokkha (lacquered Buddhist manuscript) Sample pages
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Buddhist monastic code
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Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Northern Thai
H10 x W54 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Buddhist monasticism and religious orders -- Rules ( lcsh )
เอเชีย -- ประเทศไทย
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Thailand
15.5 x 101


This gilded lacquer manuscript is a mixture of Pali texts and vernaculars of Lanna, northern Thailand. It is delicately ornamented, reflecting its use in ritual instruction intended for public display. It would have been used as an oral text rather than for the more usual ritual recitation seen on Kammavaca, which probably accounts for the various spelling errors in the text. The text sources include one to establish boundary stones and monastic grounds, but following a type of vernacular instruction for young monks and novices. The manuscript has the rectangular form of the earliest palm leaf manuscripts, with floral motifs and birds in roundels on the cover boards, and additional floral bands on the end of each of the text folios. (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 46
General Note:
Lan Na vernacular in Pali script from Northern Thailand, 19th to 20th century.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
PL MS 42377 ( soas manuscript number )


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