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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

An illustrated parabaik of 11 folds with instructions in Burmese script for the positioning of devas and planet symbols during the building of Mandalay Palace.
For the days of the week:
1. Monday - tiger
2. Tuesday - lion
3. Wednesday (am) - elephant with tusks
Wednesday (pm) - elephant without tusks
4. Thursday - rat
5. Friday - guinea pig
6. Saturday - naga (serpent)
7. Sunday - galon (eagle like)

Figure of Brahma - residing in house of sun-planet
Figure of Peacock - residing in house of sun-planet
Figure of Sakka, King of Devas
Figure of rabbit - residing in house of the moon
Figure of goddess of fire

Nat - "Kamma"
Nat - "Rama"
Nat - "Onma"
Nat - "Orudeva"
Nat - "Kuveda"

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1860 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and gouache on heavy paper'


Length: 54.5 cm, Width: 23.5 cm folded

Descriptive line

Burmese parabaik (folding manuscript) with a series of demological paintings to be applied to the building of Mandalay Palace. Burmese script. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Variously coloured. 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 (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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