University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameParabeik
Object Number:29-130-180
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Burmese
Provenience: Burma
Period: Mandalay period
Date Made: 1878 - 1904
Early Date: 1878
Late Date: 1904
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Technique:Watercolor
Iconography:Royal amusements
Length: 40.9 cm
Width: 16.7 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:O 304 - Sommerville Oriental Number
M30 - Levitt Number
9 - Other Number
3059 - Other Number

Description

Manuscript. Picture book depicting the royal amusements of King Thibaw (1878-1885 CE) of Mandalay, Burma. Heavy Shan paper, 13 folios, folded in accordion style. No artist given. Label: "...No 3059 Old Book Scenes of the Life of the late King Theebow made at ... Maker unknown." The name of a dealer located in various places in India. Label obscured by a piece of tape on which is written "univ. Museum #9." There are six scenes in four folios. 1. Nyila-khan: the king having a meeting on state affairs with his ministers. 2. A visit to the city. 3. King watching pyazat (drama). 4. King watching ponnas performing puja (worship) ceremony of Ganesha. 5. King watching contests of arms. 6. King and Queen at one special occasion watching a group of attendants and maids having fun, and weavers probably preparing for a matho thingan (robe to offer the Buddha) at Tazaungbon (November).


Current & Past Exhibitions:

4th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Writing the East: History and New Technologies in the Study of Asian Manuscript Traditions (22 Oct 2011 - 22 Oct 2011) View Objects in Exhibition
Reconsidering Asian Material Texts Workshop (19 Apr 2013) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Levitt, Stephan H. 1980. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Indic and Greater Indic Manuscripts in the Collection of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania.. Philadelphia. The Library Chronicle. pg. 97-152 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 97-152View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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