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Manuscript (architect's specifications)

Manuscript (architect's specifications)

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    1857 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn and painted, watercolour and ink on heavy paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Philippa Codrington

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Title: Plan of the royal palace grounds showing the places of burial (sc. of magic charms etc.)
Contents: There are notes on the plan itself, and at the foot and at the side of the plan.
The note at the foot records that the plan is a copy of one submitted to the king by two ministers on the 4th day of the tawthalin (waning moon) of Nadaw [December], 1219 BE [1857AD].
The notes on the plan give the names of some of the major buildings, and show the places at which were buried caskets containing squared charts with arrangements of figures or syllables having magical protective power.The notes at the side of the plan and some of those on the plan itself give the distances between various named points in the palace grounds.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


1857 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn and painted, watercolour and ink on heavy paper.


Length: 104.2 cm, Width: 94 cm, Length: 53.3 cm folded, Width: 23.5 cm folded

Object history note

From the Court of Mindon Min (1853-1878)
Plan of a town called "Nam-myo-don".

Descriptive line

Burmese manuscript of a draft plan for a new palace for Mindon Min (r. 1853-1878) at Mandalay. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Written and illustrated with water-colour and ink on heavy buff paper. 1857

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

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


Water colour; Ink; Paper


Paper making; Drawing; Painting


South & South East Asia Collection

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