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Manuscript (architect's specifications)

Manuscript (architect's specifications)

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-colour and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Philippa Codrington

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Architect's plan with white & black outlines and text on a black ground.
Title: Plan of a royal enclosure to be built at the foot of Mandalay hill.
Contents: The plan shows the North corner of the wall and moat round Mandalay palace, the South tip of Mandalay hill, several neighbouring pagodas and other enclosures, and the proposed new enclosure.
The reverse side has two passages of text. One, mostly too blurred to be legible, might have been a rough draft of the other. The legible passage records a meeting of several ministers with the king [Mindon] on the 11th day of the waxing moon of Nadaw [December], 1224 B (1862AD), and the king's order for the procurement of timber and carpenters for the construction of the new enclosure.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


1862 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Water-colour and ink on paper


Length: 161 cm, Width: 85 cm

Object history note

From teh Court of Mindon Min (1853-1878)

Descriptive line

Burmese architect's plan with specifications for building a rest house at the foot Mandalay hill. From the Court of Mindon Min (r.1853-1878). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Water-colour and ink on black heavy paper. 1862

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

Arts of Asia 1975
John Lowry, Burmese Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum;
p. 37


Paper; Ink; Water-colour


Paper making; Painting


South & South East Asia Collection

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