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[Burmese manuscript book of tattoo designs]

Label
[Burmese manuscript book of tattoo designs]
Title
[Burmese manuscript book of tattoo designs]
Title variation
Parabaik
Subject
Genre
Language
bur
Summary
Manuscript possibly produced in the Shan region of northeastern Burma, probably from the early 20th century for use by Shan itinerant tattoo masters or monks, containing painted drawings of warriors, Buddhist monks, cats, and numerological tables.
Cataloging source
CLU
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Text [in Shan?] written in Burmese script
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
The manuscript is a manual or catalog of tattoo designs with instructions for applying, accompanied by charms and spells to protect the tattooed person from swords, knives, snakebites, and other enemies. The customer could select a design, depending perhaps on the type of protection he sought, or a favorable astrological sign. As Sylvia Fraser-Lu notes in her Burmese crafts, past and present (Kuala Lumpur and New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1994, page 138), "every young man...delighted in being adorned from the waist to the knee with artistic blueish-black effigies of powerful agile creatures, such as cats, tigers, monkeys and ogres surrounded by a flowering tracery of protective letters from the Burmese alphabet....The primary function of tattooing was talismanic. It added to male charisma by offering the bearer a number of advantages, such as invulnerability against all sorts of weaponry, protection against evil spirits and disease, and success in love affairs" (as cited on the British Museum online collection webpage). Illustrations include figures of masked warriors with short-handled spears painted in red, black, green, and yellow, poised above astrological or numerological tables of numbers and signs in a grid pattern, within protective circles formed by hand-written text in a round loopy Burmese hand. Animals depicted are cats painted in black, red, yellow. Two panels contain drawings of Buddhist monks, wearing yellow robes and carrying begging bowls, positioned within full-page tables of astrological numbers in the shapes of temples
Label
[Burmese manuscript book of tattoo designs]
Instantiates
Production
Note
The manuscript is a "parabaik" or accordion-folded book, consisting of a single sheet of hand-made [mulberry bark?] textured paper, folded accordion style in 12 panels, thus creating 12 pages on each side, for a total of 24 pages. Of these, 22 contain colored illustrations in pen and ink, enhanced with red, yellow, green, orange, and black paint; the remaining two panels form front and back covers, are painted black with a simple red border
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 x 85 cm folded to 26 x 9 cm
Extent
1 folded sheet ([12] panels)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from White Fox Rare Books and Antiques, 2016, for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)948621311
  • ucoclc948621311
Label
[Burmese manuscript book of tattoo designs]
Production
Note
The manuscript is a "parabaik" or accordion-folded book, consisting of a single sheet of hand-made [mulberry bark?] textured paper, folded accordion style in 12 panels, thus creating 12 pages on each side, for a total of 24 pages. Of these, 22 contain colored illustrations in pen and ink, enhanced with red, yellow, green, orange, and black paint; the remaining two panels form front and back covers, are painted black with a simple red border
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 x 85 cm folded to 26 x 9 cm
Extent
1 folded sheet ([12] panels)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from White Fox Rare Books and Antiques, 2016, for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)948621311
  • ucoclc948621311

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