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Thai astrological and medical manuscript, 1920s or 1930s.

Publication:
1920s or 1930s.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
1 item (52 folios) : paper, illustrations ; 11.5 x 34.5 cm.
Subjects:
Astrology, Thai.
Medicine, Thai.
Form/Genre:
Folded books.
Drawings (visual works)
Manuscripts, Thai -- 20th century.
Manuscripts -- Thailand -- 20th century.
Manuscripts, Digital.
Language:
In Thai (Thai).
Summary:
Illustrated manuscript concerning illness, healing, and the relation of time to different parts of the body, perhaps a field manual for healers. Side A is in two sections written from each end towards the middle: a series of diagrams annotated by multiple hands (f. 1r-14r) and a text (f. 26r-15r). Side B (f. 1v-26v) is all text, beginning from where the upper cover would be. Text includes both horosat and tamrat texts.
Notes:
Written in 7 lines per segment on text folios.
Probably written in upper central Thailand in the 1920s or 1930s (Justin McDaniel).
Khoi paper; folded concertina- or accordion-style; no covers.
14 illustrated folios with line drawings of dancers (f. 2r-14r) and a group of studies in ink and pencil of small animals in motion (f.1r).
Penn 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, part of lot 467.
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 990, Item 9
Contributor:
Bekker, Konrad, died 1981, former owner.
Bekker, Sarah M., died 2013, former owner.
Contained In:
Collection of Southeast Asian Manuscripts. Item 9
OCLC:
898216627
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