Royal processions, ceremonies and entertainments

Court of King Mindon or Thibaw, or associated workshops Burmese

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This traditional Burmese folding paper manuscript, called parabaik in Burmese, is painted on a locally produced mulberry bark paper. Fifteen scenes are depicted, composed in a series of two, four and six page compositions, spanning a total of 66 pages. They depict scenes of court processions, ceremonies and entertainments. The painting style was developed in the reign of King Mindon and continued under King Thibaw. It displays an hybridity born of traditional Burmese religious narrative painting blended with European pictorial devices. This example is especially elaborate and lavish, with gilt lacquer covers.

Royal processions, ceremonies and entertainments, Court of King Mindon or Thibaw, or associated workshops, Watercolor and gold on mulberry paper, with gilt lacquered wood covers and cloth lined box, Burma

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