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Ms. Coll. 990, Item 4 - Abhidhamma chet kamphi : Phra Malai
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Title:
Abhidhamma chet kamphi : Phra Malai, 1890s.
Physical description:
1 item (99 folios) : paper ; 13.5 x 66 cm.
Language(s):
In Pali (Abhidhamma chet kamphi) and Thai (Phra Malai) (Thai Khom).
Summary:
Illustrated manuscript of the Abhidhamma chet kamphi (chanting prompts for text chanted at funerals), followed by the popular story of Phra Malai (a monk who visits heaven and hell).
Provenance:
Sold to Konrad and Sarah M. Bekker in the 1950s or 1960s; Konrad Bekker worked for the State Department in Asia and Sarah Bekker was an art historian.
Sold from the estate of Konrad and Sarah M. Bekker at auction at Sloans & Kenyon, 14-16 June 2013, lot 465.
Related names:
Bekker, Konrad, died 1981, former owner.
Bekker, Sarah M., died 2013, former owner.
Subject:
Māleyya.
Buddhism - Rituals.
Heaven - Buddhism.
Hell - Buddhism.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Thai - Specimens.
Form / Genre:
Folded books.
Manuscripts, Thai - 19th century.
Manuscripts - Thailand - 19th century.
Manuscripts, Digital.
Notes:
Written in 7-10 lines per folio.
Probably written in the 1890s (Justin McDaniel).
Samut khoi paper, mostly white but with several colored folios; folded concertina- or accordion-style, including upper cover.
Manuscript illustrated with images of monks and corpses and scenes from the Phra Malai.
Covers with a border formed of additional layers of heavy paper; some patches of gilt on upper cover.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 990, Item 4
Contained in:
Collection of Southeast Asian Manuscripts. Item 4
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 990
Vernacular script:
พระอภิธรรม๗คัมภีร์: พระมาลัย, 1890s.

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Collection: Thai Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Pali
Century: 19th century
Date: 1890
Genre: Folded books
Genre: Manuscripts - Thailand - 19th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Digital
Genre: Manuscripts, Thai - 19th century
Subject: Buddhism
Subject: Heaven
Subject: Hell
Subject: Illumination of books and manuscripts, Thai
Subject: Māleyya
Geography: Thailand
Related names: Bekker, Konrad, died 1981, former owner
Related names: Bekker, Sarah M., died 2013, former owner
Page material: Paper