Guardian of the Flame Sri Lanka Manuscript Collection
Photographs of selected manuscripts from The Guardian of the Flame Sri Lanka Manuscript Collection (MS SC MSS 203). The complete collection consists of 390 individual manuscript objects. The manuscripts are predominantly Theravada Buddhist religious texts that originate from as early as the 3rd Century AD, although these copies of texts date from circa 1600-1910. Descriptions were compiled by Wijitha Bandara and Dr. Stephen Berkwitz. Photos presented here were made by several contributors over time, most photos depict covers and colophons, and complete sets of folio images are added as they are created.
Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Unidentified. Arabic numerals; very small handwriting; line drawing of peacock on first folio; medicinal work?
Wijitha Bandara Comments: Decorative wooden covers.
Wijitha Bandara Comments: Two Adhidharma manuscripts. One is Adhidhammatthavibh avini or Abhidhammatthasamg aha Tika and Sucittalankara. Former was written by a student of Sariputta and the latter was written by a monk called Kalyanasara. Both are related to Abhidharma. Beautiful decoration on wooden covers. Pagination in both Sinhalese and Arabic.
Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Title written on cover; small handwriting; clearly written; complete text; could be good candidate for digitization.