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Treasures of the National Library of Myanmar MS
- The National Library of Myanmar inherited over 5600 volumes of palm-leaf manuscripts from the Bernard Free Library. The manuscript collection of the Bernard Free Library was enriched when it bought two very important manuscript collections: (a) Kinwun Mingyi collection and (b) Bagan Minister U Tin collection. The National Library is proud of her rich collection of rare and valuable ancient Myanmar manuscripts, palm-leaf and folded paper book (Parabaik) that are regarded as sacred collection. These treasures are preserved at the Library for their original medium to be last longing and contents for researchers and scholars. Apart from the text included in these manuscripts, the art of writing on manuscripts and ornamented features of the manuscripts are intangible cultural heritage of Myanmar people. Basic materials used for Myanmar traditional manuscripts are leaf and handmade paper as medium, and iron stylus, ink stylus and soap-stone for writing materials. It is wondering the art of writing on manuscripts to get beautiful scripts and illustrations which still exist for over 200 years. As Myanmar people valued the literature like their treasure, they adorned the written mediums with Myanmar traditional arts and crafts such as lacquered covers, glass mosaic art, decorated paper art, etc. The arts and crafts on Myanmar traditional manuscripts are urgently needed to preserve for sustainable development of Myanmar cultural heritage.
Ms. Mya Oo
- University of Yangon, Myanmar