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Gold-leaves Pali Manuscript (Pyu Inscription)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Buddhist literature written on gold slices looking like palm-leaves are a rare occurrence.

History of the Object
The earliest manuscript found in Myanmar was in the 5th century Khin Ba mound.

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Type
Calligraphy 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Width 3.3 cm. Length 16.8 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Srikshetra ancient city, Pyay Township, Bago Region 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
BCE 5th century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
BCE; 5th Century BCE - 1st Century AD 
Function
Religious Buddhist Literature 
Acquisition
The Gold-Leaves were excavated at the Khin Ba mound, Hmawza, Srikshetra by archaeologists from the Myanmar Archaeology Department in 1926. They were transferred to the National Museum in 1997. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
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Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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