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1244 Antique Buddhist Thai Manuscript Phra Malai with Illuminated Paintings

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This Thai illuminated manuscript contains the Phra Malai Scripture.

Folded accordion-style as a samut khoi folding book and has a goatskin cover.

Several illuminated illustrations present

These texts were used in monasteries for religious rites and as teaching materials.

Some Soiling and water stains from age and usage. Condition as seen in the photos.

Manuscripts of this age are rarely seen outside museums and monasteries

A very rare find.

Dimensions: 26.5 L x 6 W x 3.5 D


Provenance: From the collection of Thomas Cox,


Condition commensurate with age and use, leather cover worn with losses, paintings well done with good color.


Complete Book. Rare.


 Estimated to be from the early 1800s.




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.


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