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Abhidhamma-varana-pitaka
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Abhidhamma-varana-pitaka


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Description Sixteen pairs of paintings depict monks meditating on human corpses during different stages of decomposition, ranging from swollen bloated bodies not long dead, and skeletons and dry bones. This unusual manuscript is written in Cambodian Mul script in Pali, with some notes in Thai. It is a commentary on the Abhidhamma scriptures. The study of corpses is a primary focus of Buddhist meditation, teaching the impermanence of our material existence. Meditation on corpses is often included in illustrated Buddhist manuscripts, particularly Phra Malai manuscripts, and is here extensively treated in many scenes. The last opening depicts the lighting of a funeral pyre.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/01/1985Treatmentre-housed
Provenance -1935
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1750-1775
Medium
Water color on Paper;98ff. black lacquer covers 30 watercolor illustrations
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.716
Measurements
Overall (folded) 66 x 137.8 cm
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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