Parabaik (folding manuscript)
ca. 1860 (made)
Length: 54.5 cm, Width: 23.5 cm folded
Burmese parabaik (folding manuscript) with a series of demological paintings to be applied to the building of Mandalay Palace. Burmese script. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Variously coloured. Ink and gouache on heavy paper. ca. 1860
An illustrated parabaik of 11 folds with instructions in Burmese script for the positioning of devas and planet symbols during the building of Mandalay Palace. For the days of the week: 1. Monday - tiger 2. Tuesday - lion 3. Wednesday (am) - elephant with tusks Wednesday (pm) - elephant without tusks 4. Thursday - rat 5. Friday - guinea pig 6. Saturday - naga (serpent) 7. Sunday - galon (eagle like) Figure of Brahma - residing in house of sun-planet Figure of Peacock - residing in house of sun-planet Figure of Sakka, King of Devas Figure of rabbit - residing in house of the moon Figure of goddess of fire Nat - "Kamma" Nat - "Rama" Nat - "Onma" Nat - "Orudeva" Nat - "Kuveda"
Given by Mrs. Philippa Codrington
Location: In Storage