Palm leaf. 225 x 50mm. c.300 leaves.
The leaves have writing on both sides, c.11-15 lines per side. The leaves are enclosed within 2 wooden boards. Two strings are attached to the end board and run through holes in the leaves and front board. The excess string is wound around the boards and leaves to secure them together.
An accompanying note on British Museum notepaper reads 'A summary in popular Tamil of the first section of the Maha-Bharata (the epic ascribed to Vyasa). It was an account of the great war of the Bharatas between the Pandavas and Kanravas and extended to 220,000 lines. Palm leaf: dated 1803 A.D.'
Given by Miss R.N. Howard, 1928.