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Page boy

Page boy

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1878-1885 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Teak, carved and overlaid with red thitsi lacquer and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by R.Grant

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Gilded red figure of a nude male child with its hands raised in attitude of devotion. Set on a shallow squared plinth.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1878-1885 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Teak, carved and overlaid with red thitsi lacquer and gilt


Height: 59.5 cm, Width: 19 cm, Depth: 19 cm

Object history note

This thu-nge-daw (page-boy) was one of many set around King Thibaw's (1878-1885) thrones in his Palace at Mandalay.

Descriptive line

Burmese carved teak figure of a thu-nge-daw (page boy) from the Royal Palace of Mandalay. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Overlaid with red thitsi lacquer and gilded. ca. 1878-1885

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Noel Singer; Arts of Asia Jan-Feb 1988
Survivors from a Burmese Palace; pp 96-97 & p. 100
cat. no. 19.
Burmese art / John Lowry. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1974 Number: 0112901794 :


Teak; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Gold leaf; Ash


Woodworking; Carving; Colouring; Gilding




South & South East Asia Collection

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