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The holy monk Phra Malai visiting Hell
Place of Origin: Central Thailand
Date: approx. 1850-1900
Materials: Gilded bronze with mirrored glass inlay and pigment
Style or Ware: Bangkok
Dimensions: H. 19 1/2 in x W. 5 1/2 in x D. 8 in, H. 49.5 cm x W. 14.0 cm x D. 20.3 cm
Credit Line: Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: 2006.27.37
On Display: No

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Phra Malai is usually identified in artworks by his monk's belongings: a monastic fan and an alms bowl, which may be held in a sling over his shoulder.

The Phra Malai story focuses on two themes: the rewards of pious donations and the punishments in hell of those who have committed sins.

Sculptures seem to emphasize Phra Malai's visit to hell more than his visit to heaven. Hell is portrayed by grotesque figures on the base of statues. On the base of this sculpture four human beings are paying respect to Phra Malai from hell.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

Phra Malai is usually identified in artworks by his monk's belongings: a monastic fan and an alms bowl, which may be held in a sling over his shoulder.

The Phra Malai story focuses on two themes: the rewards of pious donations and the punishments in hell of those who have committed sins.

Sculptures seem to emphasize Phra Malai's visit to hell more than his visit to heaven. Hell is portrayed by grotesque figures on the base of statues. On the base of this sculpture four human beings are paying respect to Phra Malai from hell.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010