University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameSamut Khoi
Object Number: 77-5-5
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Thai
Provenience: Thailand
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1820-1840
Early Date: 1820
Late Date: 1840
Section:Asian
Materials:Bark Paper
Iconography:Jataka Tales
Tosachat
Maleyya
Heaven
Hell
Credit Line:Gift of William Kohler, 1977

Description

Accordion style book of Buddhist scriptures (samut) on tough, insect resistant paper made from tree bark (khoi). Illustrations and text on both sides of pages. Text is the popular story of Phra Malai, a monk who visits heaven and hell. The illustrations represent the Tosachat: the last 10 Jatakas, or birth stories, of the Buddha. Each symbolizes an important virtue and lead to the birth of the Buddha. Outer covers missing. Name of the patron sponsoring the manuscript, Phrayā Daeng, and his wife and son Chant, written in the manuscript; a woman's name (Nang Rot) in the margin may be the name of the wife or of another woman; the manuscript is dedicated to Phrayā Luang Lu. In Thai (Khom). Written in 12 lines per illustrated folio, 10 lines per text folio. White samut khoi paper with writing in black; folded concertina- or accordion-style, including covers.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 46View Objects cited in this Publication

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