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Sinhalese Ola

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0271
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Sinhalese Ola
Date(s): c1760
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Depositor


Administrative/Biographical history:

An ola is a leaf or strip of a leaf of the palmyra, traditionally used in Southern India and Sri Lanka for writing on. It is also a letter or document written on such a leaf.

The Sinhalese are the native inhabitants of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).


Scope and content/abstract:

Sinhalese ola, c 1760, comprising a volume of palm leaves, containing a manuscript treatise on diseases, symptoms and treatments.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

A similar ola was lost in 1941.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Obtained by Andreas Nell MD of Kandy, Sinhala, Sri Lanka, for the donor Casey A Wood MD.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2008

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