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My Mom inherited 4 of these ~ each different ~ came from my Great Aunt. I found some information pertaining to them and copied this information from another listing of the same type. These are rubbed on Rice Paper. There is some aging on each one and I have given plenty of photos. These will b great framed and matted.

"The History of Wat Thai Temple Rubbings"

"Ancient Thai temple walls are often covered in stone relief craving of scenes from the Thai epic myth Ramakien, the Thai version of Ramayana. Pilgrims would rub charcoal or other material over paper on these walls to make a memento of their journey.

In the mid 1900’s when King Bhumibol Adulyadej opened The Grand Palace, in Bangkok, Thailand to the public the making of these rubbings became a popular souvenir and then sold to foreign tourists. However, because many temple walls were eventually damaged from being rubbed too much, the Government issued a banned on the rubbing of the stones in an effort to preserve these important historic sites. The practice of making the temple rubbings was banned in the 1960's.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha also known as Wat Po is home to one hundred and fifty-three marble carvings mounted in a wall surrounding the temple and provides the world’s best pictorial record of the story of the Ramayana. The stones are approximately 20" x 19”. These stones were located on the innermost wall of the temple, below the main building. The mocks gather in there every morning to pray, by respect and observe ritual together.

Each picture tells its own story, with King Rama the hero. After Sita, his wife was abducted by Tosacan, the head of the demons; it resulted in a great war. For 14 years the battles raged between Rama, with his monkey army with all nature on his side, and Tosacan, whose army was made up of demons and giants. After much subterfuge, magic, astrology and most unusual happenings, Tosacan died and Sita was returned to King Rama.

This tale is known by all Asians and is a very important part of their history. While unknown by most in the West, it has such importance there that much of the art and culture of the region is based on this epic tale.

Each one is hand done and takes time and effort. These are original rubbings are true works of art."

Measures: 21" wide x 24" high

Original Antique Thai Wat Po Ramakien Temple Rubbing - Beautiful


  • Materials: paper, charcoals, pastels
  • Only ships within United States.
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  • Listed on Jan 14, 2011