From: Cambodia | Thailand

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 2003-42-9
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Thai
Provenience Cambodia | Thailand
Section Asian
Iconography Medicine

Yantra text that talks about how to protect the body with specially placed marks as well as placing small metal balls under the skin. Written in khom script on samut khoi paper. Possibly written by a local soothesayer or magician as a protective or astrological text. The handwriting is different at the end. Most likely from central Thailand although maybe Cambodian. Among the various pictures two images depict a medical practice in Thailand known commonly as "Pressure-point massage" (a practice known in America mostly by its Japanese name, shiatsu). In Thailand the massage method is known today as jap sen (“nerve touch”) or nuad boran (“traditional massage”).

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Credit Line Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number 1995.X.20265 - Other Number

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