Friends' association supports the purchase of 30 palm-leaf manuscripts by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Thanks to the generous financial support by the Association of Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek expands its collections by a convolute of 30 rare palm-leaf manuscripts form Sri Lanka and Burma.

Convolute of palm-leaf manuscripts from Sri Lanka and Burma | © Joachim Baader

The friends' association has supported the library's work already since 1998, the members' commitment i.a. safeguarding relevant items for the public sector. The volume of the current subsidisation amounts to € 29,500.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek considers the newly acquired convolute of 30 Buddhist manuscripts – 28 palm-leaf manuscripts from Sri Lanka and 2 Burmese manuscripts – as a highly valuable extension of the holdings of Buddhist manuscripts, and of the group of Singhalese writings in particular. The manuscripts partly date back to the 16th century and are of different sizes. The original book covers are partly provided with beautiful, multicoloured ornaments which are a distinguishing mark of Buddhist texts from Sri Lanka. Among the manuscripts, there are also medical elaborations on Ayurveda, an astrological treatise and a grammar book.