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Vintage Thai Temple Charcoal Rubbing on Rice Paper

Vintage Thai Temple charcoal rubbing. Hand crafted temple scenes at the Wat Pho temple located in Phra Nakhon district in Bangkok Thailand depicting the Thai literary story of Ramakien (Ramakean), the Thai adaptation of Ramayana.

Rare Thai Temple rubbings authentic temple rubbing Wat Pho Thailand with classical Tai dancers.

This is based on evidence from several rubbings showing the same carved scenes depicting the story of Ramakien on the Ubosot walls, a building in the Buddhist Wat that is the holiest prayer room at the Wat Pho temple (The Wat Pho temple located in Phra Nakhon district in Bangkok Thailand) and it has these particular carvings on the outside of the Ubosot temple, carved on granite/marble squares.

The artists would put rice paper on these walls and produce a rubbing of various scenes from Ramakien before it was outlawed by the Thai government.

The rubbing for sale are original temple rubbings and are no longer allowed in Thailand. In the late 1960’s/ early 1970’s the Thai government outlawed and banned this practice of producing rice paper charcoal rubbings from the temple walls in order to preserve the detail and original beauty of the temple carvings.

Religious and Inspirational scene of two Thai dancers.

Date Prior to 1967

Rubbings on rice paper

Original rubbing unsigned

Size: 24 inches H x 19.5 inches W.

Circa 1950 to 1960s original rubbing on rice paper.