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Parabaik (folding manuscript)

Parabaik (folding manuscript)

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    On heavy paper - text in Burmese script in black and red ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Philippa Codrington

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Parabaik (folding manuscript)of 28 folds.
Drawings of different types of squares filled with cabalistic signs, with annotations and brief text. Still to be translated.
The scholar U Tet Htoot (d. 1981) thought that some of these squares could be related to those described in the plan of the palace grounds listed in IS 60 - 1938.This might have a bearing on a comment made by Mme J. Filliozat's of the Bibliotheque National, Paris in 1996 that "this is the second part - should have a companion ms."
Another scholar visiting from Burma thought it was an account of all the spirits of the dead who were buried alive at the time of construction to guard Mindon's new Palace at Mandalay into which he moved in 1857.

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)


ca. 1860 (made)

Materials and Techniques

On heavy paper - text in Burmese script in black and red ink


Length: 64.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Burmese parabaik (folding manuscript) with a series of squares filled with cabalistic signs yet to be identified.Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885) Burmese text. On heavy paper with text and drawings in ink. 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).


Paper; Ink


Paper making; Writing


South & South East Asia Collection

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