This Thai illuminated manuscript Phra Malai has 11 pages of illustrations in ink and pigment.
These texts were used in monasteries for religious rites and as teaching materials.
The first two pages are written in gold leaf overlay over a black background. The illustrations are faded in many places
The back cover of the manuscript is missing.
Soiled from age and usage. Condition as seen in the photos.
Each page is 25 x 5 inches.
Estimated to be from the early-mid 1800s.
Manuscripts of this age are rarely seen outside museums.
A very rare find.
Condition not perfect
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.