ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Phra Malai
MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: Each leaf 145 x 670 mm
COMPONENTS: Samut knoi (concertina) manuscript in Thai, on paper, with some Pali words cited in fine Cambodian script, 93 leaves, text to recto and verso in black ink on 5 widely spaced ruled lines, many ff. laid out as verse, 28 colored miniatures in sets of 2, each extending over 2 leaves, leaves folding concertina-style into black lacquered covers.
CONDITION: A few repairs to folds, corners slightly worn, some light soiling but overall good.
NOTES: Provenance: "This Malai belongs to Mr. [Nail] Heng (Chinese) and Mrs. [Nang] Aum" (ownership inscription in Thai to preliminary leaf).
ITEM ID: 5715
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Buddhist Visions of Heaven and Hell

DATE
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: mid-20th century

Recounting the journeys of Phra Malai, a didactic monk, from earth to heaven and hell. The miniatures include a seated monk in transcendental meditation before a corpse, a hell scene of sinners in the thorny kapok tree, a hell demon with a bladed discus in his head, a peasant presenting alms to Phra Malai, and a peasant picking lotus flowers in a stream.