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  • Place of origin:

    Thailand (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper with handpainted drawings

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, room 47a, case 4

Fortune tellers were consulted by every class of Thai society in the past. The system followed was based on the day and month of birth of the user. Illustrations depict the fates of individuals or of married couples in symbolic form. For example couples influenced by the green princely figure with a bow who rides on a naga, or water spirit, will both fall ill.

Physical description

An astrologer's handbook with drawings and manuscripts

Place of Origin

Thailand (made)


1850-1899 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Paper with handpainted drawings


Length: 33.4 cm, Height: 10.5 cm, Thickness: 1.5 cm

Descriptive line

Book, paper painted with tempera-colours, Thailand, 1850-1899.

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