Miscellaneous Burmese manuscripts, 16th-19th century. The collection includes parabaik manuscripts, some depicting Burmese court scenes (MSS. Burm. a. 6-7), scenes in Buddha's life (MS. Burm. a. 12), and elephants (MS. Burm. b. 4); a manuscript with a hundred watercolour drawings of scenes of Burmese life, in Burmese style with English explanations (MS. Burm. a. 5); Burmese letters, and works on palm-leaf.
Miscellaneous Burmese manuscripts in the Bodleian Library
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 161 MSS. Burm. a. 1-2 (R), 3, 4 (R), 5-10, 11 (R), 12, 13-15 (R), 16, b. 1-5, 6 (R), 7, 8-11 (R), c. 1-2, 3-9 (R), d. 1 (R), e. 1, g. 1 (R)
- Dates of Creation16th-19th century, mainly 19th century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialBurmese.
- Physical Description39 shelfmarks
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The manuscripts were obtained from several sources.
Conditions Governing Access
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).
Acquired between 1886 and 1992.
Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other Finding Aids
Some of the manuscripts are in Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series, with references to the oriental and other manuscripts (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vols. V-VI, nos. 29680, 29771, 30139, 30900, 31451, 31603, 31725, 31988-9, 32355, 32496, 32595, 32831, 32841, 32926, 33345, 33361, 33610-11, 33980.
The manuscripts are also summarily described in the card catalogue, arranged by language, located in the Oriental Reading Room.
Some of the manuscripts are described in Pe Maung Tin, 'Burma MSS in the Bodleian Library Oxford', Journal of the Burma Research Society, 15/2 (1982), pp. 145-7.