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Legend of Phra Malai

Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: Thailand

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Type: Manuscript
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor, gold and ink on khoi paper with lacquered and gilt covers
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1482
Dimensions: 26 1/4 in. x 1139 3/4 in. (66.7 cm x 2895 cm)
Thai text in thin Cambodian script


E.F. Whalen Company, San Diego, California ( - Janaury 28, 1973)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 11, 1968 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on khoi paper with lacquered and gilt covers
The adventures of the Buddhist monk named Phra Malai emerged in popularity in Thailand during the late eighteenth century. This book tells of his travels to heaven and hell and was read aloud by monks to remind the faithful of the consequences of good and bad actions. Like other Thai Buddhist manuscripts of this period, this book was produced in the accordion format, each with seven pages illuminated by pairs of illustrations. The language is Thai, while the script is Cambodian and written in gold.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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