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The Ramakian is Thailand's national epic of creation and while the story is identical to the long and complex Hindu epic of the God Vishnu's reincarnation on earth, the Thai version features clothing and weapons in the styles of South East Asian countries, Thailand, Bali, and Java.The Hindu tale adapted perfectly with Thailand's early animism to explain creation and images from scenes in the Ramakian have been utilized as decorations for palaces since the Sukhothai Kingdom (1238-1583).This large lacquered and gilded manuscript cabinet, decorated with deities and scenes from the Ramakian amid scrolling vines and flowers, dates to the late 18th century and features an ornate bronze escutcheon with prone bronze devotees.Supported on four stout legs of square section, the cabinet with slightly tapering sides surmounted by an overhanging molded top, with two drawers above shaped brackets, hinged doors and two shelves on the interior, the front and both sides intricately decorated in gold leaf depicting scenes from the Ramakian, with deities and birds amid a profusion of leafy floral scrolls. An ornate and high relief handle plate features prone Buddhist attendants . Also the cabinet is gilded and painted on the back, probably in the 19th century, which is quite unusual. 67 x 37.5 inches

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Manuscript Cabinet, Thailand, 18/19 Century

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000Jan 16, 2018