University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 83-23-1
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Thai
Provenience: Thailand
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1860 - 1879
Early Date: 1860
Late Date: 1879
Section:Asian
Materials:Khoi Paper
Iconography:Phra Malai
Narakas
Hell
Heaven
Literature
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Guy G. Gabrielson, Jr., 1983

Description

Illustrated religious manuscript on khoi paper folded in accordion fashion. The popular story of Phra Malai (a monk who visits heaven and hell), preceded by 3 short texts illustrated with portraits, mostly of deities but also of monks and devotees. Written in 5 lines per segment. Written on khoi paper, with 2 folios written in gold ink on black (f. A03, A06); folded concertina- or accordion-style. 16 illustrated folios (11 on Side A, 5 on Side B) with images of monks (f. A03), deities (f. A06-A11), devotees (f. A12), and Phra Malai episodes (f. A13, A30, A42, B11, B26, B36-B37, B44). Covers attached, simply lacquered, with a border formed of additional layers of heavy paper. Written in Thailand, probably in the 1860s or 1870s. Black lacquer covers, flaked.

Undated colophon by a writer referring to himself without naming himself, his wife Jai, his grandmother Pien, and a man with the surname Kiew and his four sons, who together donated the manuscript to a monastery, probably for a funeral.
Formerly owned by Ethel S. Jordan (signature inside upper cover; possibly a relative of the donor). Gift of Mrs. Guy G. Gabrielson, Jr. (Nancy Jordan Gabrielson), 1983


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

Bibliography:

[Electronic] Phra Malai [electronic resource], 1860s or 1870s.View Objects cited in this Publication

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