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The Story of Phra Malai, illustrated with scenes from the life of the Buddha
CBL Thi 1315
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Masterpiece

A didactic account that emphasizes the importance of karma (the inevitable consequences of our actions); it was a popular subject of illustrated Thai manuscripts.

History of the Object
A folding Book with Phra Malai text. It tells the Story of Phra Malai, the virtuous Buddhist monk, who journeyed to heaven and hell and then returned to earth to preach of his experiences.

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Type
Book 
Materials
Colors and gold on khoi bark paper with black lacquer covers 
Measurements
Width 21,4 cm. Height 27,7 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1850-80 
Function
Didactic 
Acquisition
Purchased privately 
Copyright
(c) Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Chester Beatty Library 
Museum
The Chester Beatty Library 
Credit line
Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library 

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