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The Legend of Phra Malai.
[Central Thailand? : s.n., ca. 1850-1900]
 leaves : col. ill. (watercolors) ; 14 x 67 x 8 cm.
Buddhist literature, Thai
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A mid-nineteenth century illustrated folding funeral book, or book of merit, containing a collection of Buddhist texts in the Pali and Thai languages, including the legend of Phra Malai. The manuscript is accordion-folded, written on heavy paper (probably made from mulberry bark), comprising 48 leaves (the final few leaves blank). The manuscript is penned in a single hand in Khmer script and completed on both recto and verso, with eight pairs of watercolor illustrations, a number extensively embellished with gilt, and one fully illustrated double-page panel depicting scenes in Hell, totalling seventeen illustrations.
Phra Malai, or Māleyya, a Buddhist saint, was believed to have lived in Aruradhapura, Sri Lanka, during the reign of the legendary Sinhalese King Duṭṭhagāmaṇi (101-77 B.C.).
Upper and lower covers and all edges lacquered in dark brown.
In Thai and Pali.
Also available in an electronic version.