|Shan/Tai Yai Tattoo Pattern Book
Ink drawings on mat lacquered paper. Folded book form,
with drawings on both sides.
Closed: 5½"x 14½." Open: !4½"x 90."
Late 19th or early 20th century. This fascinating book of drawings and legends is frail, and has a few worm holes, but is in good condition overall. Others that I have seen have fallen apart. The magical, good-luck symbols shown were used both in tattoos and painted on yantra shirts and cloths....$365
B-6546 Reverse side below
Photo of tattooed man, eastern Burma
Large full view, side A
Large full view, side B
Detail photo, side A
Detail photo, side B
Textiles of SE Asia - 1
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Karen man with tattoos, Eastern Burma. The designs are of magical symbols which the Karens believe will ward off harm. Richard K. Diran, The Vanishing Tribes of Burma, p. 124.