University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 2003-42-7
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Thai
Provenience: Thailand
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1830 - 1849
Early Date: 1830
Late Date: 1849
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Iconography:Magga
Ritual Text
Sermon
Height: 11.5cm
Width: 35cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number1995.X.20265 - Other Number

Description

Samut thai dami paper manuscript from south central Thailand. The paper has been blackened with charcoal of the sanoh khang khok tree. The more formal text (in yellow ink) includes a first-person account of a minor noble, his family, and his estate with reference to rituals performed at his home. Additional notes have been added in chalk by multiple hands, including a sermon on the path and accounts or calculations. Many pages have notes that are casually written and difficult to read. Written in 4 lines per segment. Written on black khoi paper, in yellow ink and white chalk; folded concertina- or accordion-style. In Thai (Thai). Attached upper cover with a border formed of additional layers of heavy paper; lower cover is missing. Written in south central Thailand (paper origin) between the 1820s and 1840s.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions (22 Oct 2011 - 22 Oct 2011)View Objects in Exhibition

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