Photograph of a Sinhalese ola written in Pali ca. 1760 CE (open)
Photograph of an Ola (palm-leaf manuscript) written in Pali around 1760 AD. The binding cord, ivory carved medallion, and lacquered wood covers are modern, made in Ceylon by native artists after ancient models. This ola and another ola were featured on the DigitalHub home page at initial launch in October 2015. [Donated by Dr. Casey Wood, 1934. Photo by James B. Brucker, 2005.] PHOTO Credit line should read: "Courtesy of the Galter Health Sciences Library Special Collections, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill."
About 250 years old, this ola contains information on medical care for conditions for eyes and nose. It prescribes recipes for snuffs for catarrhs, ointments and pastes for eye diseases, and decoctions and powders for nasal and eye diseases.
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1760When the item was originally created.