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19th Century Burmese Parabaik

19th Century Burmese Parabaik


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1244658

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 $395.00 
From late 19th century Burma, this parabaik, or book, is made of thick cardboard-like paper folded accordion-style with front and back covers of gilded relief lacquer. The paper was made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree that was boiled for a day until soft, then pounded and spread on fabric that was stretched across a frame. The frame was repeatedly dipped in water and drained, then dried in the sun, spread with glue and chalk powder, and finally, polished with seeds. The thick paper was carefully pulled off the fabric, glued together to form very long sheets and folded into a book. Relief designs on the covers were created from thayo, a lacquer thickened with powdered bone, that was used with great skill by Burmese artisans. Such labor-intensive manuscripts, handwritten by professional scribes, recorded business transactions, or the detailed horoscopes traditionally produced shortly after the birth of a child, and sometimes were used in Buddhist monasteries. This parabaik was well cared for and is in very good condition. When folded, the closed book measures 4 ½” (11.5 cm) high. Covers and pages measure 17 ¼” (44 cm) by 7” (17.3 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM