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Parabaik (folding manuscript)

Parabaik (folding manuscript)

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and gouache on heavy paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Philippa Codrington

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A parabaik of eight folds with architect's drawings describing the manufacture of sedan-chairs for use of royalty; three types of chair described.
Colours: red, yellow and white.
Measurements and descriptions in Burmese script.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1860 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and gouache on heavy paper.


Length: 56 cm, Width: 20.5 cm folded

Descriptive line

Burmese parabaik (folding manuscript) of architect's drawings for the production of sedan chairs for royalty. Burmese script. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Red, yellow and white, ink and gouache on heavy paper. ca. 1860

Production Note

Undated but probably forms part of the group of draft plans for Mandalay Palace from the Court of Mindon Min (r.1853-1878) presented by the donor. (IM 59 to 64 1938)


Ink; Gouache; Paper


Paper making; Painting; Writing; Drawing


South & South East Asia Collection

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