University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:2017-22-8
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Buddhist
Provenience: Thailand
Date Made: Early 19th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Lacquer
Gilt
Iconography:Phra Malai
Hell
Preta
Inscription Language:Thai Language
Height: 21.8 cm
Length: 21.6 cm
Width: 24.6 cm
Credit Line:Gift of James E. Bogle, Jr., FA52, 2017
Other Number:2503/12 - Collector Number
393.70L - Old Loan Number

Description

Base for Phra Malai statue made during in the Rattanakosin (Rama III [1824-1851]) period. The base references Phra Malai, a monk, visiting Hell. The emaciated beings implored him to tell their relatives upon his return to the terrestrial world to make merit on their behalf and to refrain from doing evil deeds. The pretas, hungry ghosts, are realistically rendered and are full of vitality. Note the mother and adolescent son on one of the corners. There is an inscription on the side which reads: A father name Ni, A mother named Noe, Donated this work to make merit for, Father Dhai and Mother Nuaan.


Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] Levinson, Irene. 1971. Art of Thailand.. Ithaca. Ithaca College Museum of Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 16View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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