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Divination Manuscript


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Description This accordion-folded, illustrated manuscript was most likely produced in the culturally Tai regions of Northeast India or Northern Myanmar (Burma). A compilation of several texts, it is partly in Burmese script and partly in Tai (also called Lik Tai). It begins with a Burmese script recording a Pali language Buddhist formula that is repeated on most Tai books of this type. Other passages are also quite clearly Buddhist in nature, so it is likely a series of religious fragments brought together in a single volume and then copied. It largely written in Lik Tai with occasional Burmese phrases seamlessly incorporated into the text. It also includes a diagrammatic representation of the pre-Buddhist Tai calendar, diagrams suggestive of divination, and several illustrations representative of Tai style painting of the nineteenth century.
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Date Description Narrative
1/24/2017Examinationexamined for acquisition
Provenance Purchased by Dr. Pratapaditya Pal [1]; Sale, Christie's, New York, March 20 2008, lot 401; purchased by Michael de Havenon, New York, 2008; given to Walters Art Museum, 2016. [1] From a book dealer in northeast India
Credit Gift of Michael and Georgia de Havenon in memory of Henry Ginsburg, 2016

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Period
19th century
Medium
ink and paint on paper bound between painted paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.921
Measurements
H: 4 3/4 x W: 13 1/2 x D: 1 3/16 in. (12 x 34.3 x 3 cm)
Geographies
  • Myanmar (Place of Origin)
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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