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kata-mallaka

, n., a worked mallaka; a body-scrubber
made in the shape of the base
(mūla) of a bowl scored to
resemble rows of crocodile teeth; ct. so; according to
Sp-ṭ
a ~ is made in the shape of the base of a spittoon; v. infra;
Vmv, however, interprets ~ as a mallaka studded with
kaṇṭakas (q.v); v. infra; opp. akatamallaka: a plain
mallaka (CPD s.v. is imprecise); monks are not permit-
ted to use a
~; however, if they are afflicted with scab,
they may use a plain
mallaka; cf. Vin II 106,16-22; —
Rem.: the true meaning of the ct.s description of a mal-
laka has been misunderstood by T.W. RHYS DAVIDS
and H. OLDENBERG, Vin. Texts: 68 no. 1 and 2, and
BD V: 143 no. 1 and 2, who interpret the term makara-
dantaka as crocodile teeth and swordfish teeth, respec-
tively, whereas it can only refer to a particular pattern
resembling rows of crocodile teeth
= makaradantaka
(for this value of the suffix ka, cf. 4ka, q.v.), presumably
resulting from diagonally cut grooves; for similar types
of scrubbers, cf.
H. HÄRTEL, Excavations at Sonkh,
Berlin
1993: 222: skin-rubbers, and 225: miscellaneous
teracotta objects
13 and 21 (with grooves at right
angles
); 3kataka, q.v.; for makaradantaka, cf. Vin II
113,3; — gramm. lit.: katako ~aṁ, Rūp-ṭ 169,8 (ad
Rūp-v 156,31); — mallakaṁ nāma makaradantake
chinditvā mallakamūlasaṇṭhānena ~aṁ (BeCe ka-
taṁ mal°) vuccati, Sp 1200,6 (ad Vin II 106,22; "a so-
called
mallaka [made] in the shape of the base of a bowl
with cut crocodile teeth pattern is called a worked
malla-
ka;" = khelamallakamūlasaṇṭhānena, Sp-ṭ III 381,4;
= khelamallakamūlasaṇṭhānena. idañ ca vaṭṭâdhā-
rakaṁ sandhāya vuttaṁ. kaṇṭake uṭṭhāpetvā kata-
vaṭṭakapālass' etaṁ adhivacanaṁ, Vmv II 228,4-6;
ifc. a-°.