Ayutthaya-period manuscript discovered in the National Archives of France

Scholars from the Fine Arts Department report the discovery of an ancient Thai scriptural manuscript, published during the Ayutthaya period, in the National Archives in France.

Rare manuscript found in France
The Nation, 10 September 2011

An original scripture of Trai Phoom Phra Ruang, a version published during the Ayuthaya period (13501767) relying on a historic tale describing about the Earth, Heaven and Hell composed originally in 1345 during the Sukhothai Kingdom, is in custody of the national archive in Paris, according to a senior Fine Arts Department official.

The discovery has altered Thai historians’ belief that there were only pictorial documents about the Trai Phoom Phra Ruang tale made during Ayutthaya but the scripture found in the French national archive proved otherwise. The scripture has been copied with permission of the Paris archieve and been currently studied by Thai experts.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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