·19th century Burma (aka Mandaly, Rangoon, Myanmar)
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V&A museum. At the Court of the Konbaung Kings in Burma (1752-1885), some manuals prescribed the appropriate dress for different ranks of officials. The image was take from a 37 page manuscript, in the Royal Library of King Thibaw (r.1878-1885). It illustrates the costumes allowed by provincial officials and their wives for a royal celebration in 1880.
THE VINTAGE THIMBLE
HeaddressBefore 1880. Burma. Lacquer, wood and sheet metal, gilded and inlaid with pieces of glass. The high quality of this magnificent gilded, lacquer tiered headdress studded with brilliants was most likely a product of the court of Mandalay. Its shape is highly conventional and is similar to the crowns worn by Jambhupati Buddhas, royalty and minor deities. It was probably intended to be worn by an actor impersonating the king of Celestial Beings in a court pwe (theatrical production), ...