Be-din-pyinna parabaik

Material Information

Be-din-pyinna parabaik
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
Illustrated astrological manuscript
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
H24.4 x W37.6 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Burmese zodiac
Burmese horoscope
Horoscopes ( lcsh )
Zodiac ( lcsh )
Burmese astrology
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Myanmar
21 x 96


This astrological manuscript was originally an accordion style book, the pages a continuous sheet. The scenes have texts at the bottom, each beginning with a number, the remainder from calculating various astrological aspects of the particular case. The astrologer or Be-din-saya relies on careful study of relevant texts and charts, a specialised art with skilled astrologers with many years of study. The scenes are finely painted with rich, vibrant colours, all including a tree associated with a planetary aspect, a finely attired female, another figure such as a monk, an ogre (Bilu), or tree spirit (Yok-khazo) and various combinations of an animal and/or a gold or sand pot. (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 35
General Note:
Pages 6 & 7 of OS MS 44729

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
OS.MS 44729 ( soas manuscript number )