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Manuscript (parabaik)

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black thitsi lacquered covers and black pages of thick paper with text and diagrams inscribed with a steatite pencil.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by U Tet Htoot

  • Museum number:

    IS.43-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A parabaik (folding manuscript) with the Mann-tha-ra Swei-myin Dhammathat (King's Bench Decisions on Disputes.

On the LHS of the first page are two circular diagrams showing the 12 months, 12 season, 12 flowers, 12 festivals.
In the RHS diagram are the root of the Bodhi tree, names of near and distant countries, distances, cardinal points, etc.
The rest of the pages are text or blank, and give guidance on the law regarding property, rights of slaves, inheritance, marriage and divorce, adultery, assault, debt, theft and lost property, etc.

(A rough translation of the whole text is attached to the relevant RP)

Place of Origin

Burma (made)

Date

late 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Black thitsi lacquered covers and black pages of thick paper with text and diagrams inscribed with a steatite pencil.

Dimensions

Height: 2.8 cm, Width: 46.8 cm, Depth: 18.7 cm

Descriptive line

Burmese parabaik (folding manuscript) of the Mann-tha-ra Swei-myin Dhammathat (King's Bench Decisions on Disputes). Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Black lacquer covers and black pages. Decorative borders of seasonal motifs on 1st page. Burmese text. ca. late 19th century.

Materials

Paper; Thitsi lacquer; Black pigment

Techniques

Paper making; Lacquering; Coating; Inscribed

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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