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Subject:manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: manuD Tue, Jul 02, 2019 IP: 2a01:e34:edc9:7c50:3

This manuscript is written on 22 palm leaves, its dimensions are 21x4.5cm. It is probably at least 70-100 years old. It seems to be written in brahmic script. I assume that the leaves are not shown upside down, but I am not sure. Could you tell me what script and language this is?
thank you





Subject:Re: manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: Rat Tue, Jul 02, 2019

Burmese

Subject:Re: manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: rat Tue, Jul 02, 2019

Actually, maybe not Burmese, looking again I am unsure!

Subject:Re: manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: manuD Tue, Jul 02, 2019

looks more like malayalam, but I am completely incompetent

Subject:Re: manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: Gary - Y Wed, Jul 03, 2019

It looks like the manuscript is in Sinhalese, probably from Sri Lanka

Subject:Re: manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: manuD Wed, Jul 03, 2019

Yes I agree, I have been comparing with old sinhalese, and there are definitely letters in common, like the b බ , g ග , final punctuation ෴  , or the colon-like final.

But others seem absent, at least in the sample that I have, like the y-shaped letter in the top left corner of the enclosed image.
The letter repeated on the right might be a number, it has some resemblance to the ancient 5.

At least I know that I am not reading the palm leaf upside down.

thank you for the feedback, it is encouraging that my post generated interest.



Subject:Re: manuscript written on palm leaves
Posted By: manuD Tue, Jul 09, 2019

I asked a forum about languages, and I was told that this is indeed a text in sinhalese, about medicine.


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