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Manuscript (parabaik)

  • Place of origin:

    Mandalay (made)

  • Date:

    1882 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Its thitsi lacquered and gilded covers have thayo (relief ornament) decoration and hman-zi shwei-cha (shaped lamin or coloured looking glass inlay) work. Written on sekkubin paper - manufactured from the pulped bark of the sekkubin tree - Broussonetia papyrifera.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Colonel Horace Barnet

  • Museum number:

    IM.127-1918

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A presentation parabaik the pages of which are joined on each alternate long edge so that they fold up like a map. The pages are white and the text written in black. In modern Burmese round text, within illuminated borders (framing each page).
It is a volume of verses (ei-gyin) extolling the glorious achievements of past ancestors, as well as cradle songs, music and eulogies to be recited and sung to the eldest daughter of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat on the occasion of placing her in the emerald cradle on the 10th day after the new moon of the month of Nadaw in the Burmese year 1243(AD1882).

Within double borders of scrolling foliate and floral decoration the title on the front cover translates to "Song in glorification of the Holy and High Buddha".

Place of Origin

Mandalay (made)

Date

1882 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Its thitsi lacquered and gilded covers have thayo (relief ornament) decoration and hman-zi shwei-cha (shaped lamin or coloured looking glass inlay) work. Written on sekkubin paper - manufactured from the pulped bark of the sekkubin tree - Broussonetia papyrifera.

Dimensions

Length: 39.5 cm, Width: 17 cm

Object history note

This parabaik was presented by Mingyi Mindin Maha Sithu, Grand Minister, the Lord Wundauk (Lord Lieutenant) of Wetmasut Upper Burma, to the eldest daughter of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat on the occasion of placing her in the emerald cradle on the 10th day after the new moon of the month of Nadaw (December) in the Burmese year 1243 (AD 1882).
This book was found in the private apartments of Queen Supaya Lat at Mandalay Palace when taken by the British in 1885.

Descriptive line

A parabaik (Burmese manuscript with folding pages) presented by a chief minister to the eldest daughter of Queen Supayalat and King Thibaw (r. 1878-1885). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Modern Burmese round text; paper and card; lacquered and gilded thayo (relief moulded) with hman-zi shwei-cha (glass inlay) work; foliate decorative motifs. ca. 1882.

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

Yi Yi: "Life at the Burmese Court Under the Konbaung Kings". Journal of the Burma Research Society
Vol. XLIV; June 1961; Part 1; p. 85 (Dept Library U Box IX)
Ferrars "Burma" 1800 - p. 14 Fig 30
cat. no. 45
Burmese art / John Lowry. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1974 Number: 0112901794 :

Production Note

This manuscript is claimed to have been found in the private apartments of Queen Supayalat (King Thibaw's 1st Queen r.1875-1885) at Mandalay Palace when taken by the British in 1885.

Materials

Card; Paper; Ash; Thitsi lacquer; Gilt; Glass

Techniques

Paper making; Lacquering; Forming; Colouring

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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