Illustrated Book of Thai Poetry


The poems collected in this remarkable Thai manuscript from the second half of the 19th century are by an unknown poet. They all share the same theme: the loss of a beloved woman. Drawing upon all the possible degrees of refinement that the Thai language, poetry, and art can master, each poem is a work of art in itself, praising the beauty of the beloved woman and mourning her passing. Preceding the poems are 13 illustrations connected to the overall theme. They show mythological creatures and motifs from Thai legends and stories, such as Kinnarī (mythical half-birds) or the figure Phra Ram, the hero of the Thai Ramayana. The manuscript is at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany.

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58 sheets, paper : illustrations ; 11.5 x 36 centimeters


  • BSB Shelfmark: Cod.siam. 98

Last updated: February 12, 2016