28.0 x 16.0cm each illumination
This classic Thai Buddhist text recounts the experiences of the Sinhalese monk, Malai, on his journey to hell and to heaven. In the form of a poem, it serves as a moralising legend in which the consequences of one’s deeds in this life impact on one’s fate in the next. The text is written in Khom, the Cambodian script which continued to be used for sacred literature even after the Thai script was developed. Khom was known only to specially trained monks.
Asian Department, AGNSW, June 2005