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2005,0623,0.5

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  • One (of five) pages of a tattoo manuscript, in Burmese. 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.    This page is larger than the others and has slightly different detail. In additon to a considerable amount of text, there are images of a tiger, a dragon, an elephant and a (Burmese) Nat-like figure. They stand above concentric circles with animals presumably representing the planets (the peacock [sun] and rabbit [moon] are clear). On the other side of this page, the body of a  tiger is dissected into individual circles filled with auspicious numbers -one circle for each of the four legs, one for the head and one for the tail. Magic squares are evident throughout.     The basic format is of rows of animals (mostly tigers but chicks and monkeys are also seen) along with text (in black ink though red is seen in two cases). In some instances the text is embedded in, or around, the animal. In one instance, the outline of the animal's body is made up only of auspicious letters and numbers. The tigers prowl across the page in rows, for the most part coloured in yellow and orange - or in a combination of the two.

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  • One (of five) pages of a tattoo manuscript, in Burmese. 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.    This page is larger than the others and has slightly different detail. In additon to a considerable amount of text, there are images of a tiger, a dragon, an elephant and a (Burmese) Nat-like figure. They stand above concentric circles with animals presumably representing the planets (the peacock [sun] and rabbit [moon] are clear). On the other side of this page, the body of a  tiger is dissected into individual circles filled with auspicious numbers -one circle for each of the four legs, one for the head and one for the tail. Magic squares are evident throughout.     The basic format is of rows of animals (mostly tigers but chicks and monkeys are also seen) along with text (in black ink though red is seen in two cases). In some instances the text is embedded in, or around, the animal. In one instance, the outline of the animal's body is made up only of auspicious letters and numbers. The tigers prowl across the page in rows, for the most part coloured in yellow and orange - or in a combination of the two.

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