Parabaik Myanmar Burma Folding Tattoo Pattern Book

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Parabaiks like these were produced as sample tattoo books. From the British museum, manuscript similar to ours: "The manuscript is a digest of tattoo designs for a potential client to choose from, and would have been used by the tattooer to advertise his range of work." The traditional tattoos had religious or magical powers and both protected the wearer and gave him strength.

This book has 27 different tattoos, black outlined coloured drawings surrounded by text, some on double spreads and some single pages: elephants brandishing swords, goddesses riding tigers, magical birds, and creatures bearing magic squares and circles, fish, chicken headed snakes, and circles of lizards and many animals with human or goddess heads.

Yes, this is a strange book for a children's site, but in fact it was sold to us as a "Victorian colouring book" (true!)

$1,250.00

 

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21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book
Parabaik Myanmar Folding Tattoo Pattern Book
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There is no indication of when this book was published. Because the tattoo designs use four colours of varying shades, it is not an early 19th c book, The lacquer work suggests that it is not new, probably made before the suppression of tattoos by the British in the 1930's, so say 1890 to 1928, perhaps produced for the tourist trade and certainly barely used. BINDING: Concertina fold, leporello, book, 10.2 x 16.5 cm, 4.1 x 6.5" , with 18 + 16 "pages", pasted to decorated black lacquered wooden boards. (Unfolded, one side shows 16 double sided pages plus two "endpapers" pasted to wooden boards, making 18, the other shows 16 pages and the two boards) . The images are carefully hand coloured in several shades of green, yellow, and purple, and the edges of the rough mulberry? paper are stained in black. The boards have fine incised work in red, grey blue, and golden yellow, with lines and colours placed close together (for example, each gold "brushstroke" in our jpg is actually six fine lines). One board shows a woman in a courtyard among buildings with others looking out the windows, all very linear; the other board has elaborate curved coloured lines with a fantastic bird in the center cartouche.
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CONDITION: Very Good; no marks, or tears; the black lacquer is a bit dulled. I have not attempted to clean it. There is a half inch by quarter inch chip in the black on one back corner and a small bump and crack on a front corner tip. The bird has a dull scratch near its head. The pages are Fine, bright, unwrinkled, and extremely clean; the folds are not rubbed or torn at all and the corners are sharp.
Control Number: 
21908