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Ms. Coll. 990, Item 4 - Abhidhamma chet kamphi : Phra Malai
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Abhidhamma chet kamphi : Phra Malai, 1890s.
Physical description:
1 item (99 folios) : paper ; 13.5 x 66 cm.
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).
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