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Manuscript

Manuscript

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Folding leaves of native paper made from the bark of the paper tree (mahlaing in Burmese or broussonetia papyrefera); illustrations in watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. N.G. Cholmeley

  • Museum number:

    IM.87-1936

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This folding manuscript or parabaik illustrates the King and Queen of Burma inspecting the military and taking part in other courtly activities. The ceremonies illustrated in the five folios here are: the towing of the Royal Barge; an elephant procession; a polo match; a performance with musicians and dancers; and a royal procession with the King and Queen.

Physical description

Folding manuscript illustrating a form of ceremonial for a military inspection by the King and Queen of Burma and other activities related to court life. The ceremonies illustrated are:
(1) Towing of the Royal Barge
(2) Royal Elephant procession
(3) Lancers demonstrating their skill with targets.
(4) Lancers at Polo
(5) Cavalry display their skill.
(6) Display of war elephants
(7) Taming of wild elephants
(8) Elephant training
(9) Royal audience
(10) Dramatic performance with orchestra
(11) Royal procession on foot

Place of Origin

Mandalay (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Folding leaves of native paper made from the bark of the paper tree (mahlaing in Burmese or broussonetia papyrefera); illustrations in watercolour

Dimensions

Length: 40.7 cm, Width: 17.8 cm folded

Descriptive line

Burmese parabaik (folding manuscript) illustrating military and court activities. Probably from the Palace of King Thibaw (r. 1878-1885) at Mandalay. Konbaung Dynasty 1752-1885). Watercolour on native paper. ca. 1880

Production Note

The RP's contain no mention of the donor's connection with Burma nor is there a provenance for the parabaiks. However style and content place it as Burmese and quality is such that they were created for the Court at Mandalay probably for King Thibaw r. 1878-1885.

Materials

Paper; Pigment; Watercolour

Techniques

Paper making; Painting

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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