From: Burma

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Parabeik
Object Number 29-130-180
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Burmese
Provenience Burma
Period Mandalay Period
Date Made 1878 - 1904
Section Asian
Materials Paper
Technique Watercolor
Iconography Royal Amusements

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).

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

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